December 30, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Anthony Brown was happier about Stanford's assist total than its points total, though he'll take a win any way he can get it.

Brown scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers, in helping the Cardinal beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 74-39 Monday night.

Brown also had five of Stanford's 22 assists on 25 made baskets.

''That was big,'' Brown said. ''Twenty-two assists has to be the highest since I've been here. It's also nice to hit shots.''

Stefan Nastic added 13 points for the Cardinal (8-3), who have won four of their past five games, including last Tuesday's upset over then-No. 9 Texas.

Chasson Randle had 11 points for Stanford, including a 3-of-5 effort from long range. He has made 240 3-pointers, one shy of Dion Cross' school record.

''They play zone as well as anybody and our guys were patient,'' Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. ''We were moving the ball and sharing it.''

Marcel Mosley scored 25 points to lead the Golden Lions (3-11), who have lost two straight and three of four overall.

Mosley has scored at least 20 points for the sixth time as Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell to 0-13 against Pac-12 teams, 0-2 against Stanford.

''It's making us tougher,'' Golden Lions coach George Ivory told the Pine Bluff Commercial. ''This will make it easier when we get to SWAC play. After playing these teams, we know what we have to do against our conference teams. I mean, we won't play teams as skilled or athletic the rest of the way.''

Mosley was 7 of 14 from the field and 5 of 7 from long range. He leads the Southwestern Conference in scoring and 3-pointers made.

Stanford held the Golden Lions to a single basket through the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second half and the Cardinal eventually took a 40-point edge with just over 10 minutes to play.

''Any time you hold a team to 39 points, I don't care who you are playing, that's a heck of a job,'' Dawkins said. ''We played well in a number of phases of the game. We were pretty sharp.''

The Golden Lions missed their first seven shots, scoring their first basket with 11:50 remaining in the first half on Mosley's jumper, cutting Stanford's lead to 19-3.

The Cardinal led by as many as 34 points before settling for a 45-14 advantage at the intermission.



Arkansas-Pine Bluff: The Golden Lions feature one player from the Eastern Time Zone. The other 15 are all from the Central Time Zone. In contrast, Stanford has three players from EST, four from CST, three from the Mountain Time Zone, six from the Pacific Time Zone and one who is a native of UTC+1 (Budapest). . The three nonconference wins are the most by the Golden Lions since making the switch to Division I in 1998.

Stanford: The Cardinal's fifth-year senior Anthony Brown was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday, his first such honor. He's played in 117 games, with 79 starts and scored a career-high 30 points in a game last season.


The Golden Lions open Southwestern Conference play with a home game against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.

The Cardinal open Pac-12 Conference play Friday with an afternoon home game against Washington State.

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