One of the things the Stanford's men's basketball team had trouble doing the past two years is winning on the road. It appears the Cardinal is out to reverse that trend as well.
Freshman Tyrell Terry scored 16 of his 20 points and grabbed nine of his 11 rebounds in the first half to lead Stanford past Oklahoma 73-54 in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City on Monday night.
Freshman Spencer Jones added 13 points and six rebounds for the Cardinal (7-0), which meets Butler in Tuesday's championship game at 6:30 p.m.
"This was a big moment for us, but we were prepared for it," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. "We've had a hot start to the season and wanted to keep that going."
The Cardinal is 24-8 at home and 10-24 away from Maples Pavilion the past two years.
The Bulldogs (6-0) downed Missouri 63-52 in the other semifinal at Sprint Center.
Terry has recorded a double-double in each of his past two games and scored at least 20 points in three of his past four games. He's reached double figures in scoring in all seven games.
The 6-foot-1 freshman from Minneapolis shot 47% (21-of-45) through his first four games and has since shot 58% (19-of-33). He's also 9-of-17 (53%) from 3-point range after hitting two of his first 10 tries.
Terry, who has played all five positions on the court at various times, has shown incredible growth. Only Daejon Davis has played more minutes, which means Terry has steadily gained Haase's trust.
"The numbers you can look at and they're impressive, but he has a calming presence out there and that's a good counter to me," Haase said.
Terry had 15 rebounds through five games and 21 over his past two, for an average of 5.3 to go with his 3.3 assists per game and 2.1-1 assist-to-turnover margin.
James Keefe had seven rebounds in 11 minutes against the Sooners and Stanford dominated the boards by a 51-32 margin, 15-6 on the offensive end, which the Cardinal turned into a 15-0 advantage in second-chance points. Oscar da Silva added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Terry scored nine of his points as Stanford opened the game with a 17-0 run. Oklahoma missed its first nine shots and went 5:37 before scoring.
NOTES: Former Stanford great Todd Lichti is part of the group to be inducted in to the College Basketball Hall of Fame this week. He scored 2,336 points between 1985-89, the second-highest total all-time, an average of 18.8 points. Lichti was a two-time All-American and four-time All-Conference honoree. He reached double figures in 121 of 124 career games.