Senior Grant Verhoeven scored 12 points and sophomore Robert Cartwright added 10 for the Stanford men's basketball team in a 66-51 loss to visiting No. 12 St. Mary's in a nonconference contest Wednesday night.
After Stanford pulled within 48-45 on two free throws by Cartwright, the Gaels hit consecutive 3-pointers and Saint Mary's went on a 16-3 run.
The Cardinal (6-2) is off to its best start in five seasons. The Cardinal began 10-1 in 2011-12.
The Gaels needed a strong start after the break to keep its impressive early record unblemished. The teams finished even on rebounds with 29 apiece, but Stanford went 3 for 12 from beyond the arc and shot 38.2 percent for the game to 55.1 percent by Saint Mary's.
Stanford travels to No. 4 Kansas on Saturday, as the Cardinal faces the Jayhawks in Lawrence at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Stanford began its final event of the Fall by winning the 800-yard freestyle relay on Wednesday night at the Texas Invitational.
Stanford's team of senior Tom Kremer, freshman Grant Shoults, freshman James Murphy and junior Liam Egan won the lone event of the evening, finishing over three seconds ahead of USC with 6:15.58.
Stanford's "B" team of junior Sam Perry, freshman True Sweetser, freshman William Macmillan and senior Maxwell Williamson finished with a respectable 6:22.20 in fifth place.
Prelims for individual events will begin Thursday morning at 8 a.m. PT, with finals starting later that day at 4 p.m. The meet continues into the weekend, with morning prelim and afternoon finals sessions on tap for Friday and Saturday.