Ok­pala helps Stan­ford get trip off to fly­ing start

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Even Stan­ford coach Jerod Haase knows that the Car­di­nal’s early sea­son sched­ule might be a bit much.

Sopho­more KZ Ok­pala had 23 points, and Stan­ford scored 17 unan­swered firsthalf points to take con­trol and beat UNC Wilm­ing­ton 72-59 on Fri­day night, the first of two games in North Carolina amid a Novem­ber full of cross-coun­try flights.

Cor­mac Ryan added 14 for the Car­di­nal (2-0), which be­came the first power-con­fer­ence team to visit the Sea­hawks in nearly a decade. After trav­el­ing to No. 8 North Carolina on Mon­day, the Car­di­nal comes home for one game, then heads back east for the three­games-in-three-days Bat­tle 4 At­lantis tour­na­ment in the Ba­hamas dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing break.

Stan­ford trailed by eight mid­way through the first half but held the Sea­hawks (0-2) with­out a bas­ket for the fi­nal 7 min­utes be­fore half­time to take a 39-25 lead at the break. Stan­ford quickly pushed that mar­gin to 18, and UNCW got no closer than eight again. YALE 76, CAL 59 >> Paris Austin, a ju­nior trans­fer from Boise State, led the Bears with 18 points, but the rest of the team shot 12 of 41 (29 per­cent) from the field in the opener played in Shang­hai.

PRAIRIE VIEW 81, SANTA CLARA 64 >> Ke­shawn Jus­tice, one of five fresh­men among eight new­com­ers, led the Bron­cos with 15 points in the sea­son-open­ing loss to the vis­it­ing Pan­thers. KJ Fea­gin, who av­er­aged 17.5 points last sea­son, fin­ished with four. Santa Clara had 20 turnovers. NO. 11 AUBURN 88, NO. 25 WASH­ING­TON 66 >> Chuma Okeke had 19 points and 10 re­bounds, and Samir Doughty scored 18 to lead the Tigers over the vis­it­ing Huskies. Cen­ter Austin Wi­ley saw his first ac­tion in more than a sea­son for Auburn (2-0), scor­ing five points in 13 min­utes. Wi­ley, who was forced to sit out last sea­son as part of a fed­eral probe into cor­rup­tion in col­lege bas­ket­ball, missed the opener with a left foot in­jury.

BUF­FALO 99, NO. 13 WEST VIR­GINIA 94 >> CJ Mass­in­burg had 43 points and 14 re­bounds as the Bulls (1-0) pulled off an­other big up­set against a power pro­gram, stun­ning the Moun­taineers (0-1) in over­time. Buf­falo grabbed at­ten­tion last March when the Bulls blew out Ari­zona in the first round of the NCAA tour­na­ment.

NO. 7 NE­VADA 83, PA­CIFIC 61 >> Caleb Mar­tin scored all of his 22 points in the sec­ond half, and the Wolf Pack (2-0) shot 48 per­cent from 3-point range to crush the vis­it­ing Tigers (1-1). Anthony Townes fin­ished with 13 points and Lafayette Dorsey added 10 for the Tigers.

NO. 14 ORE­GON 81, EAST­ERN WASH­ING­TON 47 >> Fresh­man Bol Bol, son of for­mer War­riors big man the late Manute Bol, had 23 points and 12 re­bounds as the Ducks (2-0) cruised.


USF 85, SAN JOSE STATE 63 >> The Dons (1-0) held the Spar­tans (0-2) to four points in the sec­ond quar­ter on the way to the win at Me­mo­rial Gym.

SAINT MARY’S 90, WY­OMING 84 >> Syd­ney Rag­gio scored 24 points, and the host Gaels shot 68.0 per­cent to hold off the Cow­girls.

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