Stanford vs. San Diego: Cardinal Kick Off Johnny Dawkins' Third Season

We take a look at the Stanford Cardinal heading into their season opener against the San Diego Toreros of the West Coast Conference.

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Stanford vs. San Diego: What They're Saying About The Victory

Stanford was happy to come away with Monday's win over the Toreros, however ugly it may have looked statistically.  The Cardinal shot 3-of-16 (.188) from 3-point land and 13-of-23 (.565) from the line, but still cruised to a 16-point victory. Here's a glance at what people are saying about the victory:

SF Chronicle: "[Josh] Owens looked a bit rusty but scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in 23 minutes as coach Johnny Dawkins used a 12-man rotation."

"'Losing Landry [Fields to the NBA] kind of wakes everybody up because he did everything for us last year,' [Stanford guard Gabriel] Harris said. 'Now everybody has to come to the game ready ... instead of standing around and watching Landry.'"

SJ Mercury News: "[Andrew] Zimmerman's effort offset a horrible shooting night for the Cardinal, which had trouble from every corner of the gymnasium."

"But clampdown defense, a trademark of coach Johnny Dawkins, ruled the day. Stanford forced San Diego into 20 turnovers to effectively disrupt the Toreros' rhythm."

Stanford Daily: "Although head coach Johnny Dawkins is faced with the challenge of a youthful team, it worked to his advantage last night as the Stanford squad looked noticeably quicker on both ends of the floor."

Sign on San Diego"The Cardinal [were] the least ugly on the night and prevailed 64-48 before an estimated 4,000 listless fans in Maples Pavilion to avenge last year's loss in San Diego.

Stanford (1-0) never quite figured out USD’s zone, and star guard Jeremy Green finished with two points on 1-of-7 shooting."

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Stanford vs. San Diego: Cardinal Rides Strong Defensive Effort To 64-48 Victory

Stanford, CA (Sports Network) – Andrew Zimmermann scored 14 points off the bench to lead the Stanford Cardinal to a 64-48 victory over the San Diego Toreros at Maples Pavilion. Gabriel Harris added 12 points for Stanford (1-0), while Josh Owens tallied eight points in the win. As for the Toreros (1-1), they were led by Darian Norris and Devin Ginty, who scored 10 points apiece in the loss.

Stanford went into the break with a 35-19 lead after holding San Diego to a meager 31.8 percent shooting effort from the field in the first half. The Cardinal only shot 40.7 percent from the floor in the second stanza, but that was good enough for them to earn a 16-point win. Stanford dominated the glass in the contest, out-rebounding the Toreros, 40-27, on the night.

The Cardinal next host the Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday at 7:00pm pacific time. The Cavs improved to 2-0 tonight with a victory over USC Upstate. Stanford’s season opens with five home games before they go on the road for what could be their toughest game of the season at the Butler Bulldogs, last year’s national runner up.

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