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Marcus Allen continues an upward trend in scoring, defense

 

Junior guard Marcus Allen returned to the Stanford lineup after missing the first two games because of a foot injury. He hasn't looked back since.

For the sixth time in as many games, Allen recorded double figures in scoring. He scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the first half in a game which the Cardinal never trailed. Stanford defeated visiting DePaul, 79-60, Tuesday night in a nonconference men's basketball contest in Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (5-3) brings a three-game winning streak into Saturday's 8:30 p.m. nonconference affair against visiting Texas.

Allen made his first three 3-point attempts, a season high, and Stanford went 10 of 19, also a season best, from long range to grab early control over the Blue Demons. The Cardinal was 7 of 11 from beyond the arc in the first half alone, which was already a season best.

"We emphasize bringing our own energy," Allen said. "It's not tough when you know you're going out there with your guys. I thought we played pretty well."

Allen leads Stanford with a 14.1 scoring average. He averaged 4.1 points a game over his first two years.

Allen scored 11 of Stanford's first 19 points, hitting a 3-pointer 6:15 into the contest and giving the Cardinal a 19-8 edge.

"We try to out-work the opponent every night," he said. "But we can get better."

Allen was one of four players to reach double figures. Dorian Pickens came off the bench to score 10 of his 17 points in the second half. Rosco Allen netted 14 and Reid Travis had 12

"I want to come off the bench with a ton of offense," Pickens said. "When I come in, there should be no letdown, and maybe even more energy. The big thing for us is we have a deep team and everybody comes to the game ready to contribute."

Stanford never trailed in the contest, opening a 5-0 lead and using a 30-13 edge in points off turnovers to remain in control.

"They got off to a quick start and we were slow physically and mentally," DePaul coach Dave Leitao said. "They made early shots because they were ready. Conversely, when we were on offense, we were really sloppy. So we ended up turning over the ball, and turnovers are touchdowns. We had to play uphill from the start."

The Cardinal limited DePaul to 9 of 25 (36 percent) in the first half, paying particular attention to Myke Henry, who scorched Stanford for 29 points in last year's meeting. He finished with 13 points.

"Our first half defense was as good as it has been all year," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We came together and made a lot of plays. We had active hands, got some deflections and got into passing lanes. I've been on the team how our assist-to-turnover ratio has to be better and it has been better."

Dawkins called last year's 87-72 loss "one of our worst performances."

He was happy to see his team respond this time around.

"Guys came in focused and ready to play well," Dawkins said. "There was another year of experience for Reid Travis, who understands better what we're trying to do defensively."

The 13 steals is a season best for the Cardinal. Travis led the way with four of them. He also led the team with seven rebounds. Michael Humphrey blocked three shots.

"When you play good teams, particularly as they were defensively, they're in good positions all night long, then you make a play right into a defender," Leitao said. "That's what got us."

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