Pickens scores 20 in Stanford's 93-59 win over Buccaneers
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Dorian Pickens learned from last year's seniors and that helped get him ready to fill a bigger role this season. He's applying those lessons.
Pickens scored a career-high 20 points, Michael Humphrey had his second double-double in as many games and Stanford beat Charleston Southern 93-59 in a preliminary game of the Preseason NIT on Sunday.
''We're all capable of scoring,'' said Pickens, who added eight assists. ''I'm feeling comfortable this season. We played under great seniors and I paid attention to Anthony Brown, who played my position. I worked at it during the offseason.''
Rosco Allen added a career-high 19 points and Reid Travis added 13 for the Cardinal (2-0), who have won seven straight dating to last year's run through the Postseason NIT. Humphrey added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
''Guys have the mentality of the next pass, looking for a great shot instead of a good one,'' Humphrey said. ''We look at it like we can have four or five guys in double figures every game.''
Patrick Wallace scored 13 points to lead the Buccaneers (0-2), who start the season with two losses for the first time in three years. Aaron Wheeler added 10.
''It's just a great opportunity for our team to participate in the preseason NIT, and it's something we wanted to do,'' Bucs coach Barclay Radebaugh told the team's website. ''We want to compete against the best. We want our program to be known nationwide, and I think it helps our recruiting to play such a competitive schedule.''
The Cardinal, who committed 21 turnovers in their overtime victory against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday, had eight against the Buccaneers.
''It was a lot better tonight,'' Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. ''Especially against pressure. Our offense is about moving the ball and getting guys moving.''
Stanford held a 48-14 advantage in points in the paint, 20-3 in points off turnovers and 16-5 edge in second-chance points.
Charleston Southern's bench outscored the Cardinal's bench, 33-22.
Stanford never trailed in the contest and held a double-digit advantage over the final 30 minutes.
The Buccaneers, with one returning starter from last year's Big South Conference title team, never could put any kind of run together, falling to 0-5 against teams from the Pac-12.
Charleston Southern has three seniors on its roster, and one is a transfer.
The Cardinal led at halftime, 46-21.
Charleston Southern has ranked among the top 11 in both made 3-pointers and 3-point attempts in each of the past three seasons. Against Stanford, the Buccaneers attempted 16 3-pointers in their first 23 shots. They are also the first team from the Big South to participate in the Preseason NIT.
Stanford is 94-30 at home under coach Johnny Dawkins and has won at least 10 games at home in each of the past 22 seasons. Former NBA player Brevin Knight was Stanford's point guard when the streak started.
Charleston Southern returns home to meet Johnson and Wales in its home opener on Wednesday.
Stanford plays at home against SMU on Thursday.