STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford needed a wake-up call and coach Jarod Haase delivered one at halftime.
“He told us we made up our own imaginary game plan,” Daejon Davis said of the first half. “It was a complete lack of focus. We followed his more in the second half.”
Davis scored 19 points, one of four to reach double figures, and Stanford beat Eastern Washington 78-62 on Saturday after trailing the nonconference men’s basketball game at halftime.
Cormac Ryan scored 12 points, all on 3-pointers, for the Cardinal (5-4), who avenged last year’s loss to the Eagles.
Oscar da Silva added 13 and KZ Okpala had 10.
“We knew we didn’t play our best half of basketball,” Ryan said of a 32-27 deficit. “We came back out with better attention to detail and played with fire.”
Jesse Hunt scored 27 points to lead the Eagles (1-8), who lost their fifth straight. Luka Vulikic added 11 points.
“They started playing a bit more up-tempo. They got us to turn the ball over. They got us on the glass, where we thought we’d need to be able to fight with them,” Eagles coach Shantay Legans said. “They came out and made big shots. Guys that didn’t make shots this season hit some big 3s. I think DeSilva had three (3s). He’s had three all season. So that’s huge. And their point guard (Davis) had a great game tonight, and that put us on our heels.”
Ryan hit a 3-pointer about five minutes into the second half to give Stanford its first lead and its first lead over Eastern Washington since early in the first half of last year’s contest.
The Eagles did not back down, though, remaining within a few points until the final 3 minutes, when Stanford extended its lead to double figures.
Five Eagles combined to make their first six shots, helping them open a 17-5 advantage midway through the first half. Eastern Washington was 6 of 19 the rest of the half, allowing Stanford, 3 of 12 from long range, to close the gap.
Davis converted a three-point play in the final 6 seconds and the Cardinal drew within 32-27 by intermission.
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