Ok­pala, Car­di­nal shut down Sea­hawks

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COLLEGES -

WILM­ING­TON, N.C. — Sopho­more KZ Ok­pala had 23 points and Stan­ford scored 17 straight first-half points to take con­trol and beat UNC Wilm­ing­ton 72-59 on Fri­day night.

Cor­mac Ryan added 14 for the Car­di­nal (2-0), who trailed by eight early but held the Sea­hawks with­out a field goal for the fi­nal 7½ min­utes of the first half to take a 39-25 lead at the break.

Stan­ford pushed that mar­gin to 18. UNC Wilm­ing­ton got no closer than eight again.

It was the sec­ond straight big game for Ok­pala, a 6foot-9 for­ward who had a ca­reer-best 29 points in the sea­son-open­ing win against Seat­tle on Tues­day.

The Sea­hawks are hav­ing trou­ble with turnovers. They had 18 turnovers that led to 25 points in Tues­day’s 97-93 over­time loss at Camp­bell. They strug­gled again to take care of the bas­ket­ball against Stan­ford, in­clud­ing two straight turnovers to open the sec­ond half that killed any chance of quick mo­men­tum out of the break. UNCW fin­ished with 20 turnovers that Stan­ford con­verted into 26 points.

The Sea­hawks were host­ing a power-con­fer­ence op­po­nent for the first time since De­cem­ber 2009. There was a con­nec­tion that helped sched­ule this matchup: The teams are coached by for­mer Kansas team­mates and North Carolina as­sis­tant coaches un­der Roy Wil­liams in Stan­ford’s Jerod Haase and UNC Wilm­ing­ton’s C.B. McGrath.

The Car­di­nal visit No. 8 North Carolina on Mon­day.

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