Christian Sanders stepped in and then stepped up to make sure Stanford opened its men's basketball season on a positive note.
Sanders scored eight of his career-high 23 points in overtime, Rosco Allen hit a key 3-pointer and Stanford beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 93-89 Friday night in a preliminary game of the Preseason NIT.
Allen had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal, who won its sixth straight season-opener.
Reid Travis added 16, and Dorian Pickens had 14. Michael Humphrey added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
"The first half was pretty awful," Rosco Allen said. "They threw that press at us and we didn't handle it as well as we should have."
Sanders, who played point guard in high school, felt comfortable moving back into the position. He's had about two weeks, since Robert Cartwright broke a bone in his forearm, to relearn the spot.
"With Robert going down, the team needed me to play the point," Sanders said. "We were searching for ourselves early in the game. We're going to keep on learning."
Sanders, 10-of-15 from the foul line, had never made more than four in a game before this season. He also added a career-best six rebounds and three assists.
"I told Christian it was his time," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "He had prepared himself for the situation. He said 'Hey coach, I'm ready to go.' I like his confidence."
Malcolm Allen, recovered from a broken wrist, returned to practice last week and was cleared to play.
He made his first appearance in nearly two years, scoring 10 points. He scored a total of 13 points his freshman year.
Carrington Love scored 32 points, which included a 6-of-9 performance from long range, to lead the Phoenix, who had their five-game opening day streak end.
Charles Cooper, who scored 19 points, hit a field goal and free throw with 3.4 seconds left to tie the game at 74 and Pickens missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send it into overtime.
Pickens scored five points in the final 2:27 to give the Cardinal a 72-68 advantage.
"His mindset was to come out and be more aggressive," Sanders said.
Love's third 3-pointer of the night, five minutes into the second half, gave Green Bay a 14-point edge at 48-34.
The Cardinal went on a 21-7 run over the next seven minutes, drawing even on a Travis jumper with 8:05 remaining to play.
The Phoenix used a 13-1 run during a five-minute stretch of the first half, punctuated by consecutive 3-pointers from Love.
The Cardinal were 0-for-4 from the floor, turned the ball over four times and made 1-of-4 free throws over that span.
Green Bay eventually took a 38-28 halftime lead.