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Humphrey doubles up to help Cardinal men beat Buccaneers

 

Sophomore Michael Humphrey came on at the end of last year and he's showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Humphrey recorded his second double-double in as many games in helping lead Stanford to a 93-59 basketball victory over visiting Charleston South on Sunday in a preliminary game of the Preseason NIT.

The Cardinal (2-0) hosts Southern Methodist in a nonconference game Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The Stanford women's volleyball team plays Colorado at 4:30 p.m., also at Maples on Thursday.

Humphrey has recorded all four of his double-doubles within the past six regular-season games in which he has appeared.

"I'm really excited about his improvement," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "He protects the rim, he rebounds and he's capable of finishing around the basket. And he still has a huge upside."

Humphrey had 13 points and 12 points, with a blocked shot, against the Buccaneers after going for 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots in Thursday's overtime victory against Wisconsin-Green Bay.

"We lost three seniors who could dominate a game from last year," Humphrey said. "I think everybody is looking at five or six guys who can score in double figures every game. We want to take great shots and guys have the mindset of making that next pass to set up a great shot."

Humphrey was one of four players to reach double figures. He was joined by Dorian Pickens, who had a career-high 20 points, Rosco Allen, who also achieved a career-high with 19 points, and Reid Travis with 13 points.

"We're all capable of scoring," said Pickens, who added eight assists. "I'm feeling comfortable this season. We played under great seniors and I paid attention to Anthony Brown, who played my position. I worked at it during the offseason."

The Cardinal has won seven straight dating to last year's run through the Postseason NIT.

The Cardinal, who committed 21 turnovers in their overtime victory against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday, had eight against the Buccaneers.

"It was a lot better tonight," Dawkins said. "Especially against pressure. Our offense is about moving the ball and getting guys moving."

Stanford held a 48-14 advantage in points in the paint, 20-3 in points off turnovers and 16-5 edge in second-chance points.

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