Junior Dorian Pickens scored a season-high 21 points to lead Stanford to a 66-52 victory over Seton Hall Sunday evening at the Advocare Invitational in HP Field House.
Pickens, who was named to the Advocare Invitational All-Tournament Team, added five rebounds, two assists and three steals to guide the Cardinal to the win. The junior averaged 18.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in the three-game tournament.
"Dorian is so smooth, so confident, so fluid," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said.
With the victory, Stanford captured fifth place in the Advocare Invitational. The Cardinal improved to 6-1 on the season. Seton Hall moved to 4-2 on the year.
"Our whole thing was how good Pickens is," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. "He's really picked it up from last year. He's just a consistent, solid player."
Stanford erased an early deficit with the final eight points of the first half to tie the game at 26 at the break. The Cardinal continued its surge in the second half, out-scoring the Pirates, 40-26, over the final 20 minutes.
Senior Grant Verhoeven sparked Stanford's furious comeback in the final minutes of the first half and continued to control the paint in the second half, drawing five Seton Hall charges, while collecting six points, four rebounds and two steals in the contest
The Cardinal used a 15-1 run early in the second half to take the lead for good, stretching the advantage to 43-31 with 12:21 to play.
"They punched us in the mouth the first 10 minutes and we kind of stumbled back," Haase said. "I challenged them. I'm so proud of how they bounced back and contained it for the last 30 minutes."
Junior Reid Travis finished with 16 points and seven rebounds for the Cardinal.
The Cardinal went 16 for 17 from the free-throw line in the contest.
Seton Hall's Khadeen Carrington scored 20 points to lead the Pirates, who cut the Cardinal's lead to seven points with less than three minutes to play.
A Verhoeven dunk led a lead Cardinal charge to put the game out of reach for Seton Hall and give Stanford the double-digit win.
Pickens picked up nine points in a 15-1 surge as Stanford (6-1) grabbed a 43-31 advantage with 12:30 to play.
Stanford hosts No. 15 Saint Mary's on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford (21-7) will begin its quest for the program's seventh NCAA title at home this week, as the squad earned the No. 6 overall seed in the 2016 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship and was selected to host the first and second rounds.
Stanford will play its first round match at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 at Maples Pavilion against Denver (23-8). The Pioneers won their third-straight Summit League regular season and tournament titles to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Western Kentucky (30-2) and Boise State (25-6) will meet in the other first-round matchup at Maples Pavilion on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The winners meet in the second round on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Final Four will be held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 15-17.
Stanford is making its 36th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and is one of just two teams, with Penn State, to have made it to every tournament. The Cardinal will be seeking its seventh NCAA title, 20th Final Four trip and 15th appearance in the national title match.
Under 16th-year head coach John Dunning, Stanford has reached six of the last 15 NCAA title matches and won two national championships.
The Cardinal finished the regular season Friday with a sweep over Bay Area rival California. Stanford tied for second in the Pac-12 with UCLA, each with a 15-5 conference mark.
Eight Pac-12 schools earned bids to the NCAA Tournament, tied with the Big Ten for the most in the nation.