Dorian Pickens set a career-high with seven 3-pointers and matched his career-high with 25 points in helping the Stanford men's basketball team rally from behind to beat visiting Idaho, 86-80, in a nonconference game Thursday night.
“Ball movement got me open,” Pickens said. “We were able to penetrate, screen on the perimeter, get inside and play together.”
“At any time we're still trying to find ourselves,” Cartwright said. “We're heading into Pac-12 play no. It' the end of one chapter and we're about to start a new one.”
Stanford opens the Pac-12 Conference with a visit from Arizona State a week from Friday at 6 p.m. Arizona visits at 5 p.m. the following Sunday.
“I am anxious,” Cardinal coach Jarod Haase said. “It will be exciting. It's an unbelievable conference. I don't think we've peaked yet. Our best basketball is ahead of us, which it needs to be.”
Idaho led by as many as 11 points midway through the first half. The Cardinal led early in the game but then fell behind as the Vandals (5-6) shot 60 percent for the first half.
“We all have to do a better job defensively,” Cartwright said. “Giving up 45 points in the first half is unacceptable.”
Pickens, Cartwright and Marcus Allen each hit 3-pointers during a run that helped give Stanford a 76-67 edge with 4:14 remaining to play.
The Vandals shrunk the lead to one but Reid Travis scored four points in the final minute to clinch it. Travis finished with his sixth double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and accumulating a game-high 12 rebounds. He was 6-of-8 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the foul line.
Travis ranks second in the conference with a 17.8 scoring average and fourth with a 9.8 rebounding average.
Cartwright's 3-pointer at the 9:01 mark of the second half put the Cardinal ahead to stay.
“That was an important moment to see that we had the lead,” Haase said. “When you start to have positive things happen, the energy increases. We played with a little more passion in the second half. That's been the whole theme the last few days.”
Oregon State is the only conference team with a losing record heading into Pac-12 play. The Sun Devils (7-6) beat Central Arkansas, 98-62, on Thursday.
The 18th-ranked Wildcats (11-2) play at California to open the conference season and bring a five-game winning streak into the contest.
Michael Humphrey scored 10 points for Stanford.