KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If opponents didn’t know who Stanford freshman Tyrell Terry was before Monday night, they should now.
Terry had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Stanford whipped Oklahoma 73-54 in the Hall of Fame Classic.
“I don’t want him to get a big head,” head coach Jerod Haase said. “The numbers you can look at and they’re impressive, but he has a calming presence out there and that’s a good counter to me. They guys do a good job feeding off my and his energy.”
Spencer Jones finished with 13 points and Oscar Da Silva finished with nine to go with 11 rebounds for the Cardinal (7-0).
This was the first game Stanford has played against a Power Five school this season.
“This was a big moment for us, but we were prepared for it,” Haase said. “We’ve had a hot start to the season and wanted to keep that going.”
The Cardinal scored the first 17 points of the game including nine from Terry. It took six minutes for the Sooners to score their first points.
Oklahoma (5-1) scored the next 10 points cutting the deficit to just seven mid-way through the first half. They never got any closer. Terry had 16 points and nine rebounds in the first half when the Cardinal led 37-24.
“We battled at times throughout the night, but they have a good team,” head coach Lon Kruger said. “They played much better than we did.”
Austin Reaves had 17 points for the Sooners.
Both teams shot 38% but the Cardinal had 10 3-pointers and was 13 of 19 from the foul line while Oklahoma made four treys and was just 4 of 13 at the line.
“Very disappointing performance and we didn’t match their intensity early,” Kruger said. “They made shots and they were sharp hitting some three’s early.”
The Cardinal out-scored the Sooners 15-0 on second chance points and had a 51-32 rebounding advantage.
“Defensively we did a good job getting to the shooters and getting them contested,” Haase said. “They got a few clean looks, but our help defense was pretty darn good.”
Stanford never lead by less than 11 in the second half and led by as many as 24.
Oklahoma: The Sooners looked outmatched by the Cardinal and didn’t show much energy throughout the game.
Stanford: This was the Cardinal’s first real test of the season and they aced it.
Oklahoma takes on former Big 12 foe Missouri in the early consolation game Tuesday night.
Stanford faces Butler for the Hall of Fame Classic Title on Tuesday night.
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