Season-opening victory shows promise for Stanford hoops


Stanford juniors Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis are two experienced players that coach Jerod Haase can count on this season. He’ll have to develop a few younger players to surround them. The Cardinal showed promise Wednesday in a season-opening 73-62 victory over visiting Montana.

da Silva scored 21 points and Davis added four assists and five steals as the Cardinal improved to 4-0 in openers under Haase and won its 10th straight opener overall.

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Freshman Tyrell Terry was in the starting lineup and fellow freshman Spencer Jones came off the bench and provided instant offense.

“Spencer has a great feel for the game,” Haase said. “He has confidence in his shot and it’s up to us to keep him feeling confident. I don’t want someone who takes shots. I want someone who makes shots and he’s a shot maker.”

Terry said the team trip overseas helped him, make an adjust to the college game but he still felt the butterflies swirling around.

“There were nerves, but I started breathing again and felt a lot more comfortable in the second half,” Terry said.

Terry scored 13 points and matched team highs in rebounds (4) and assists (4). Sophomore Bryce Wills scored 11 points.

“Tyrell showed some nerves but he played a great second half,” Haase said. “Spencer knocked down some big 3’s. I think all the freshmen will contribute.”

The first half played out like some carnival sideshow: all over the place, with the lead changing hands six times in addition to six ties.

“We started sloppy,” da Silva said. “We had a good game plan and found our rhythm. We played together and got back to what we came here to do.”

Montana took its only lead of the second half at 36-35. Stanford responded with a 25-2 run over the next eight minutes to take control of the game. The Grizzlies went nearly six minutes without scoring during that span.

Stanford, which opens the season with six home games, hosts Cal State Fullerton at 8 p.m. Saturday.

NOTES: Montana associate head coach Chris Cobb played at Menlo College, where he was a two-time All-Cal Pac Conference first-team selection and part of the Oaks' conference championship team in 2008. He's finished his collegiate career ranked second in school history for career assists and three-pointers made.

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