Randle, Allen lead Stanford over S. Dakota 84-73
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) Rosco Allen missed all but seven minutes of last season with various injuries. He's ready to make up for lost time.
Allen scored a career-high 17 points, Chasson Randle added 23 and Stanford beat South Dakota 84-73 Sunday as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
''That whole year I loved being part of the team and going deep into the tournament,'' Allen said. ''It's a different feeling out on the court instead of being on the sidelines. I'm so happy and maybe we can make another run this year.''
Stefan Nastic scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Cardinal (2-0). Anthony Brown added 11 points and 10 boards.
Brandon Bos scored 19 points, including his 100th career 3-pointer, for the Coyotes (0-2). Tyler Larson added 11 points before fouling out.
Randle made all 12 of his free throw attempts and the Cardinal shot just under 83 percent for the game. They were at 61 percent from the foul line in a win over Wofford on Friday night.
''You hear it often that things on the court are contagious,'' Randle said. ''That includes free throws. When someone hits the first one, everybody wants to make them.''
Allen made five of his first seven shots but the Cardinal never did run away from the Coyotes.
''Our defense is really coming along,'' Coyotes' coach Craig Smith said. ''Our guys executed the game plan very well on both ends of the floor. Our guys dug their feet in the sand, stood their ground and gave ourselves a chance.''
Sekou Harris hit a 3-pointer and then made a free throw to cut Stanford's lead to 65-59 with 7:26 left in the contest. That would be as close as they would come.
The Coyotes drew within three with 8:45 remaining in the first half on a layup by Austin Sparks.
Stanford responded with a 13-2 run to open a 14-point advantage and South Dakota never recovered.
The Cardinal took a 40-26 lead into the intermission.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
From South Dakota coach Craig Smith: ''When you look at Stanford's roster - first of all, Randle - I mean, sometimes you just have to punt. You're just hoping he's disinterested because I'm not sure there's much the guy can't do. We tried to take away his right hand, but we really didn't. We just tried to corral him as best we could, but Randle's just really good.''
FOUL LINE SOLUTIONS
Stanford was 17 of 28 (60.7 percent) from the charity stripe on Friday night. The Cardinal were 38 of 46 (82.6 percent) against the Coyotes. ''We're shooting free throws well in practice and the younger guys are getting that experience in games now,'' Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. ''You look at the guys who missed and it's the new guys.'' The three returning starters -- Randle, Nastic, Brown -- are a combined 37 of 39 on the young season. The rest of the team is 18 for 35.
South Dakota opens the season with five consecutive road games, the first four against teams who had at least 20 wins last year and played in a postseason tournament.
Stanford will make its third trip to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in less than a year when the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic continues next week.
South Dakota travels to Bridgeport, Conn., for three games, beginning with Sam Houston State on Friday.
Stanford meets UNLV in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Brooklyn on Friday.