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Pickens gives Stanford men a lift in a close loss to Texas

 

Dorian Pickens stepped up when it became obvious a teammate had fallen. Sophomore forward Reid Travis sustained a stress reaction, which was discovered after undergoing an MRI when he complained of soreness in his left leg.

Pickens helped the Stanford men's basketball team get back into its nonconference game against visiting Texas on Saturday night, scoring a career-high 24 points, including a 6-of-7 performance from 3-point range.

Rosco Allen, who scored 19 points, hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds left to tie the game at 73, but Longhorns point guard Isaiah Taylor followed with a driving layup that gave Texas a 75-73 victory.

Stanford (5-4) will be back at it Monday night in a game against visiting Sacramento State at 8 p.m.

"He's going to be fine," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said of Travis. "We didn't know until after the afternoon shootaround that he couldn't go."

Travis started the first eight games this season and leads Stanford in rebounds (7.1). He ranks third in points (12.8).

"Any time a dominating big man like him can't play, you're going to miss him," Allen said.

Dawkins concurred, saying "he sets a presence in the low post. We did miss him. He's a guy we lean on."

Pickens did his part to pick up some slack, grabbing six rebounds in addition to hitting clutch shots.

"We went on a little run toward the end but we shouldn't have been down in the first place," Pickens said. "We came out with a little bit of a lack of energy."

Travis' status is unknown. Grant Verhoeven started in his place, but it was Pickens who made an imprint on the game.

The Cardinal never held a lead and trailed by as many as 12 points midway through the second half. Thanks in large part to Pickens, Allen and Michael Humphrey, who added 11 points and a team-best seven rebounds, Stanford made a game of it.

Humphrey recorded a steal and dunk to bring Stanford within 70-68 with 27 seconds to play but Taylor sank a pair of free throws to help the Longhorns regain the edge.

Allen hit a 3-pointer to pull Stanford within 51-47 with 11:41 remaining to play in the game.

The Longhorns responded with a 10-2 run to take their biggest lead of the night a little over two minutes later at 61-49.

The Cardinal again narrowed the lead to four points and stayed within striking distance entering the final minute.

Texas took advantage of some early shooting woes by the Cardinal, who missed their first five shots and turned the ball over twice before scoring its first points five minutes into the game.

The Longhorns raced to a 7-0 lead and eventually took a 10-point advantage midway through the first half.

Stanford drew within two briefly before Texas pulled away and carried a 41-35 lead into the intermission.

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