Randle scores 18 as Stanford rolls over UNLV
NEW YORK (AP) Stanford had one of those shooting nights that no one survives, let alone a young UNLV.
Chasson Randle scored all of his 18 points on 3-pointers and Stanford put on a show from long range in rolling to an 89-60 victory in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday night.
”I was a little surprised but at the same time our guys did a great job of spacing,” said Randle, who hit five of his six 3-points in the first half. ”It happened to be our night shooting the basketball.”
It wasn’t for UNLV. It missed 11 of its first 14 shots, fell behind 12-0 and never recovered.
UNLV coach Dave Rice said his team, which started two freshman and a sophomore, was not very good.
”Every experience this group goes through is new,” Rice said. ”Certainly there was a lesson that was taught. We did a poor job of locating their shooters.”
Anthony Brown added 18 points and Rosco Allen had 15 as the Cardinal (3-0) shot 57 percent from the field in the first half in opening a 23-point lead in the game at Barclays Center.
Stanford will play No. 4 Duke for the title on Saturday. The Blue Devils beat Temple 74-54, setting up a coaching matchup between Mike Krzyzewski and Johnny Dawkins, a former Blue Devil guard who now guides Stanford.
”If it was to occur, you have to prepare,” Dawkins said. ”Typically we don’t look forward to playing each other. We don’t play each other in the regular season. This is a tournament setting.”
Christian Wood had 12 points to lead UNLV (2-1). Rashad Vaughn, who averaged 22 points for the Runnin’ Rebels in the first two games was held seven points on 2 of 9 shooting.
Stanford made 9 of its 14 3-pointers in the first half in opening a 23-point lead at the intermission. The Cardinal also dominated on the boards, outrebounding UNLV 47-29.
The game was basically over in the first 11 minutes as the Cardinal jumped to a 36-10 lead with 9:16 to play after Randle hit his third and fourth 3-pointers. The senior’s six 3-pointers were one shy of his career high.
Stanford: The Cardinal came into the game having made 5 of 21 from long range, or less than 24 percent, in its first two games. It finished 14 of 20, or 70 percent. It shot only 50 percent (31-of-62) from the field.
UNLV: The Runnin’ Rebels had held their opposition to less than 31 percent shooting from the field in their first two games, and 27.6 percent from long range, on 16 of 58 shooting. The defense was missing against Stanford.
BALANCE: Stanford has had four players in double figures in all three games. Center Stefan Nastic was the other with 10 points on 3 of 13 shooting, dragging the team average down.
NO CROWD: The opening game was one of those friends and family crowds. Lot of empty seats which were filled to see No. 4 Duke and highly regarded freshman center Jahlil Okafor.
Stanford: plays Duke for the title on Saturday.
UNLV: plays Temple in the consolation game Saturday.