STANFORD — Dwight Powell was a dominating force for Stanford in the first 8 minutes of the second half. That’s exactly when his team needed him.
Powell matched his season high with 28 points, helping Stanford beat Arizona State 76-70 on Saturday.
“He set an aggressive tone,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “He showed a little bit of everything of what he can do on the floor. That’s a big step for him.”
Chasson Randle scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half for the Cardinal (14-7, 5-4 Pac-12), who were coming off a 60-57 loss to top-ranked Arizona on Wednesday.
“Powell is a special player,” Sun Devils coach Herb Sendek said. “He’s big and he’s strong, he’s athletic, he’s experienced, and he’s skilled. He can play inside and out. He seems to me to be a prototype NBA power forward.”
Powell, who played with the Canadian junior national team last summer, scored 12 points and recorded three of his game-high five assists in the first 8 minutes of the second half, helping to give the Cardinal a 13-point advantage.
“It was close at halftime and we knew we had to build a lead,” Powell said. “We had to come out with an aggressive mindset to begin the second half.”
Jahii Carson scored 24 points to lead the Sun Devils (16-6, 5-4), who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Jermaine Marshall added 22 points.
“We were there at the end,” Sendek said. “We just have to rebound better. We’re going to have to play very well, at a high level, to get anywhere in this league, as is everybody else.”
Stanford outrebounded Arizona State 40-32, including a 15-7 edge on the offensive boards resulting in a 15-4 advantage in second-chance points.
“That was a huge factor,” Dawkins said. “The guys did a good job of working the paint and giving us extra opportunities.”