Da Silva grabs spot­light in win over Sun Devils

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - By Tom FitzGer­ald

This sea­son, Stan­ford has mainly been “The KZ Show,” as head coach Jerod Haase put it Satur­day.

KZ Ok­pala is the sec­ond lead­ing scorer in the Pac-12, and the Car­di­nal have de­pended on his ex­cel­lence. Point guard Dae­jon Davis has fre­quently come through as well.

For the other play­ers, it hasn’t hap­pened of­ten. But Os­car da Silva was “awe­some” on Satur­day, Haase said, in help­ing Stan­ford to a con­vinc­ing 85-71 win over Ari­zona State at Maples Pav­il­ion.

Da Silva had 21 points, 10 re­bounds, four as­sists and two blocks.

“I found my flow of­fen­sively early,” the 6-foot-9 sopho­more from Ger­many said. “My

Stan­ford 85, Ari­zona St. 71 team­mates kept find­ing me. I got a lot of open shots. That gives you con­fi­dence through­out the game.”

Haase said, “If we’re go­ing to be a big-time team, he has to be one of the pieces that plays at a high level.”

It was the Car­di­nal’s first Pac-12 win af­ter three losses. Haase and Ok­pala agreed it was their best per­for­mance on the sea­son.

“This last month has been re­ally good in terms of prac­tice,” Haase said. “It hasn’t car­ried over into games very of­ten. But to­day I thought it did. It started with our com­pet­i­tive spirit, which was re­ally good.”

The Car­di­nal (8-8 over­all) went on a 12-0 run to start the sec­ond half and take a 52-38 lead. The Car­di­nal’s edge even­tu­ally reached 73-54 with un­der five min­utes left.

“We’ve been in games where it’s close at half­time, and we came out soft” in the sec­ond half, said Ok­pala, who had 21 points and nine re­bounds. “We came out and ex­e­cuted.”

The win boosted the Car­di­nal’s con­fi­dence, he said. “We’re ready now. We know we can beat any­body.”

The Sun Devils (11-5, 2-2) got 16 points from Cana­dian fresh­man guard Luguentz Dort (who hit three 3-point­ers in a 61-sec­ond span in the first half ), 13 from Rob Ed­wards and 10 from Ki­mani Lawrence.

ASU didn’t help it­self with a 6-for-17 show­ing from the foul line. “On the road, you can’t play that way,” ASU head coach Bobby Hur­ley said.

Stan­ford is the most turnover-prone team in the con­fer­ence. This time it had just three in the first half and 14 for the game.

Davis had four of them, but he also had 13 points and nine as­sists. He had one of the big de­fen­sive plays of the game, rush­ing back to block a layup by Remy Martin with Stan­ford up by five mid­way through the sec­ond half.

“We feed off his en­ergy,” Haase said. “When he’s re­ally good and en­er­getic and locked in and play­ing well, we tend to do pretty well.”

Haase pro­vided en­ergy of his own when he re­sponded to a 3-pointer by re­serve guard Isaac White by giv­ing him an en­thu­si­as­tic chest bump dur­ing a time­out.

“I was hop­ing to knock him back past half­court,” Haase joked.

One down note for Stan­ford was that guard Cor­mac Ryan left the game af­ter draw­ing a charge from Dort. It was Dort’s fourth foul, and he had to go to the bench five min­utes into the sec­ond half. Ryan has had a se­ries of an­kle in­juries; there was no im­me­di­ate word on his sta­tus.

Tom FitzGer­ald is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: tfitzger­[email protected]­i­cle. com Twit­ter: @tomg fitzger­ald

Tony Ave­lar / As­so­ci­ated Press

Stan­ford for­ward Os­car da Silva, a sopho­more from Ger­many, dunks against Ari­zona State for­ward Ki­mani Lawrence.

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