The Stanford Cardinal might have put up one of the more impressive non-conference showings for the Pac-12 last night when they went into Madison Square Garden in the first NIT Season Tip-Off semifinal and absolutely took it to the Oklahoma St. Cowboys. The talented youth movement that Johnny Dawkins is trying to bring to Palo Alto put the pressure on OSU early, building up a double digit before halftime and cruising through most of the second half.
Josh Owens was unguardable for Stanford, knocking down 10 of 12 shots from the field and putting up 21 points while also accruing five rebounds and three steals. Aaron Bright also played well; despite his five turnovers he shot six of nine from the field, dished four assists and knocked down three threes. Chasson Randle also had three threes, plus he compiled five rebounds. Stanford outshot Oklahoma State for most of the game and had little to worry about down the stretch.
The Cardinal will face a much stiffer test when they go back to action Friday night in the title game and take on Syracuse in what amounts to a road game in the Garden.