Huestis’ 18 points help Stanford stay perfect

Ben Margot/APThrowing it down: Stanford’s Josh Huestis celebrates after a dunk as the Cardinal jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

Josh Huestis scored a career-high 18 points, leading Stanford to a 69-51 home victory against Alcorn State on Thursday. Chasson Randle added 10 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (3-0), who have won nine straight dating to last year’s run to the Postseason NIT tournament title.

Anthony Nieves scored 12 points, Josh Nicholas 11 and Anthony Evans 10 for Alcorn State (1-2).

The Braves held an early lead at 9-8 before Stanford put together a 13-2 run and never trailed again, eventually leading by as many as 21.

The Cardinal hurt Alcorn State inside throughout the contest, grabbing 23 offensive rebounds.

Stanford held a 33-21 advantage at halftime despite shooting just under 30 percent. The Cardinal outrebounded Alcorn State 25-15 and forced 10 turnovers in the first half.

St. Mary’s 67, Utah State 58
Matthew Dellavedova scored 21 points and junior transfer James Walker III added a career-high 14 in his return to Logan, Utah, as St. Mary’s held on for a win over Utah State. Stephen Holt added 16 points for the Gaels (2-0).

CAL INKS TOP 20 RECRUITING CLASS
The Cal men’s basketball team announced three players who have signed letters of intent: Salesian High School star Jabari Bird, Santa Monica High School product Jordan Mathews and Ransom Everglades (Miami) standout Sam Singer. The class is regarded as a consensus top 20 class by national recruiting services.  Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard who is ranked as the No. 15 player in the country by CBSSports.com, led Salesian to the Division IV state championship as a junior last season where he averaged 18.7 points and 4.8 rebounds.

WOMEN
CAL 89, St. Mary’s 41

Six different Golden Bears scored in double-figures as
No. 12 Cal routed the Gaels. Afure Jemerigbe led the way with 21 points for Cal, while Gennifer Brandon added 14 points and 14 rebounds.

STANFORD SET FOR SHOWDOWN
No. 4 Stanford begins play in the Rainbow Wahine Tournament in Hawaii today against top-ranked Baylor and Brittney Griner, a rematch of the NCAA semifinals from last year.  Baylor (2-0) has won 42 games in a row. The Lady Bears beat Stanford 59-47 in Denver last April, ending the Cardinals’ school-record 32-game winning streak. Stanford is without graduated All-American center Nnemkadi Ogwumike.

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