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DePaul vs. Stanford recap: Cardinal use big first half to take care of DePaul in Palo Alto

Stanford used a hot start in addition to solid defense to crush the Blue Demons 79-60 and hand DePaul their second straight loss.

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1) Cardinal dominated in the first half

Stanford led 39-24 at the break led by a solid defense that forced 11 turnovers that the Cardinal turned into 15 points. They shot 46.4 percent from the field in the first half and made 7-11 shots from deep, which was the most Stanford had made all season. Stanford made 10 three pointers in the game.

The Cardinal held DePaul star Billy Garrett Jr. to just three points and four turnovers in the first half. It was solid defense and great three-point shooting that allowed Stanford to get off to that hot start. From there, Stanford never looked back.

2) Marcus and Rosco Allen along with the bench were huge

The duo of Marcus and Rosco Allen were great in this game as they combined for 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists on 11-25 shooting from the field. They were great on both ends of the floor and outplayed the DePaul guards. Four players scored in double figures for Stanford as they were able to pull away early in this one.

Stanford’s bench outscored DePaul’s 27-11 led by 16 points from Dorian Pickens who scored 10 just in the second half alone and that made a huge impact on the game. In the second half, the Cardinal used their bench to pull away in this game.

3) Same story for DePaul

DePaul missed a great opportunity to get a solid nonconference road win, but after they were blown out by Arkansas-Little Rock by 20, expectations were low. The Cardinal scored 30 points off of 20 DePaul turnovers and got to the free throw line 24 times while making 19 of those attempts from the stripe. DePaul got to the charity stripe just eight times and made only four of them.

The Blue Demons shot 44 percent from three-point land and 40 percent from deep, which is not good enough when you turn the ball over that many times. DePaul settled for many outside shots and despite getting 12 second half points from Garrett Jr., could not comeback in this game.

Up next for Stanford is a date with Shaka Smart and Texas on Saturday. That same day, DePaul meets with Northwestern. This Saturday is going to be a jam-packed day of college hoops, folks!