Reid Travis scored 19 points, Marcus Sheffield added 17 and the Stanford men's basketball team beat visiting CSUN, 96-69, Tuesday night in a nonconference contest.
Josh Sharma, who was hit with four fouls in seven minutes, had one rebound, and missed both of his shots in the victory over Harvard, responded with a career-high 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including a 3-pointer, five rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal in 19 minutes against the Matadors.
“We've been excited about him from day one,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. “He's made a ton or progress and he understands there's a ton more. He has a tremendous skill set. He's long and lean and shoots the basketball.”
Dorian Pickens added 14 points and Marcus Allen had 10 as Stanford had five players reached double figures for the second straight game to give Haase a victory in his home coaching debut.
“It meant everything to give him the win,” Travis said. “Especially with all the work we've put in with him.”
After playing to a packed house halfway around the world a week ago, Stanford returned for its home opener to perform before a significantly less than full house (2,801) at Maples Pavilion.
“I had a blast,” Haase said. “Being in Maples for my first experience was awesome.”
The Cardinal (2-0) hosts Weber State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Wildcats (1-1) played at Pepperdine Tuesday night, dropping a 69-68 decision.
The Cardinal opened an 11-point edge following a layup by Marcus Sheffield with 9:23 remaining in the first half and the Matadors never got any closer the rest of the way.
“The bench is a pivotal piece of the team,” Pickens said. “Everybody is important.”
Stanford held a 47-34 at halftime and then scored the first eight points of the second half.
Sheffield hit a 3-pointer with 8:22 remaining to play to put Stanford ahead 85-54.