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Stanford seniors enjoy special night in hoops victory

 

Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown played a game for the record books. Stefan Nastic had a big hand in making the late night special for Stanford.

Randle became the Cardinal's all-time leader in minutes played, surpassing Todd Lichti sometime in the first half. He reached 2,000 points in the loss to Arizona on Thursday and can now enjoy his latest achievement thanks to Saturday's night 89-70 victory over visiting Arizona State.

Randle and Brown each scored 21 points and Nastic added 20. It's the first time Stanford has had three players score at least 20 points in a game since an overtime game in 2007, when Brook Lopez, Lawrence Hill and Kenny Brown accomplished the feat.

Stanford (5-2 in the Pac-12, 14-5 overall) travels to Washington for a conference game on Wednesday night.

"That will be much tougher," Brown said. "They have a lot of size and they'll make adjustments."

Brown has never been on a team that won at Washington.

Elliott Bullock, whose career has been checkered by injuries, made it even more special, scoring his first points since the 2009-10 season.

"It was a great feeling," Brown said. "It's great when guys who work just as hard as we do in practice get a chance to play. He made a nice fake for a 24-year-old."

The 6-foot-10 reserve center hasn't played in five years thanks to a variety of injuries that led to him using a redshirt season and being granted a medical redshirt season. Bullock also missed two years when he was on a Mormon mission.

"That was nice to see," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "I was impressed by the way he scored. It took poise to stop, gather himself and pump fake with the other team closing in on him."

Bullock got his chance because the three starting seniors did their jobs. They combined for 62 points on 21 of 34 shooting (.617). Brown and Randle combined to make all 11 of their foul shots.

"The seniors set the tone and after Thursday's loss we wanted to make sure and set the tone early," Brown said. "We made a lot of connecting plays and guys were hitting shots."

Stanford made over 70 percent of its shots in the first half and cooled off ever so slightly to end the game shooting nearly 59 percent.

"It's one of the best second halves we've had all year," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "When you come off a tough loss, you expect your most experienced players to set the pace and they came out and set the tone from the start."

Stanford has won nine of its last 11 meetings with the Sun Devils, who have not won in Maples Pavilion in five years.

The Cardinal improved to 10-1 at home, marking the 22nd consecutive season with at least 10 wins at home.

"We really had no answer for their big three," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said. "We knew going in those three seniors were among the best players in the country, and they lived up to that here this evening."

The Sun Devils closed to within seven points midway through the second but Stanford regained a double-digit advantage minutes later and never looked back.

Nastic hit a jumper with 7:15 left to play to give the Cardinal a 20-point edge as Arizona State went scoreless for over five minutes.

"He stabilizes us," Dawkins said. "He's a low post threat and balances us out."

Randle played 18 minutes in the first half to become Stanford's all-time leader in minutes played. He needed 12 to surpass Todd Lichti's 4,107 minutes.

The game was tied at 37 with 4:53 remaining in the half before Brown and Randle sparked an 8-0 run that eventually led to a 51-41 halftime lead for the Cardinal.

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