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Humphrey and Travis give Stanford men's hoops solid duo

 

Michael Humphrey and Reid Travis make an interesting 1-2 punch. They've both developed other parts of their game during the offseason and seem intent in giving Stanford men's basketball coach Jarod Haase their best effort.

Individually they're talented. Together they are Cardinal strong.

Humphrey scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds; Travis added 23 points and six rebounds and Stanford beat Pacific, 89-80, in a nonconference contest on Sunday night.

The two post players took care of over 50 percent of the scoring and over 50 percent of the rebounding. They took 24 of the team's 39 free throws, making 21 of Stanford's 35 on the night.

"Reid has worked hard in changing his game; adding the perimeter," Humphrey said. "We can play off each other."

Humphrey displayed a deft touch on his 3-point shot and Travis has been known to take a few from long range. They also know how to play around the basketball and how to get the foul line.

Add Dorian Pickens, who had 11 points and six rebounds against the Tigers, and this could be a lethal bunch.

Freshmen Daejon Davis, Isaac White and Oscar Da Silva each saw at least 21 minutes of playing time and senior Robert Cartwright was a spark off the bench.

"Coming off the bench I want to bring a spark," said Cartwright, who finished with nine points and matched Davis with a team-best five assists.

"We kept fouling over and over," Cartwright said. "If we want to be a good team we can't foul like that."

There were a combined 50 fouls called. Pacific had four guys foul out, including one with nearly 11 minutes to play in the game.

"In the second half we were not the hardest playing team," Haase said. "That's the root of the trouble. When things don't go well you have to dig in. Fouling is the easy way out."

"We have to improve on bringing consistent energy to both halves," Humphrey said.

Humphrey, who did not score in the season opening win over Cal Poly, was 6 of 12 from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, and made 12-of-14 free throws.

"He was fantastic," Haase said. "He competed as hard as he could and things went his way."

"Those were two totally different games," Humphrey said. "I had to play harder and I have to keep playing well."

The last time an opponent scored at least 40 points against Stanford was current Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire, who went for 45 on Jan. 14, 1995 while playing for Arizona.

Stanford hosts Eastern Washington at 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

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