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STAN­FORD, Calif. — Os­car da Silva ac­knowl­edged he hasn’t al­ways brought the right mind­set into a game. He changed that Sat­ur­day.

Da Silva scored 21 points and had 10 re­bounds, KZ Ok­pala added 21 points and nine re­bounds and Stan­ford downed Ari­zona State 85-71 on Sat­ur­day to earn its first con­fer­ence victory.

“He was awe­some,” Stan­ford coach Jerod Haase said of da Silva. “He has to be one of the guys who play at a high level. I’d like to see Os­car play like that more con­sis­tently.”

Dae­jon Davis added 13 points and nine as­sists for the Car­di­nal (8-8, 1-3 Pac12 Con­fer­ence), which has won seven of eight at home against the Sun Devils.

Luguentz Dort scored 16 points for the Sun Devils (11-5, 2-2), who have lost three of five. Rob Ed­wards had 13 points and Zy­lan Cheatham had 12 re­bounds.

Da Silva scored 14 of his 21 points and had seven of his 10 re­bounds in the first half.

The Car­di­nal scored the first 12 points of the sec­ond half, open­ing a 52-38 ad­van­tage. The Sun Devils were held score­less the first 5:27.

“I found the flow early and my team­mates were

As I was watch­ing a not-so-ex­cit­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onship Col­le­giate foot­ball game, a few thoughts came to mind. First and fore­most, Amer­i­cans love sports. Sec­ond, they are ex­tremely loyal to the teams they root for. Third, they will go to any lengths to sup­port their teams.

Alabama, Clem­son, seventy thou­sand peo­ple, play­ing where? Play­ing right in the mid­dle of Sil­i­con Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia. Sports fans, north­ern Cal­i­for­nia prices are out of sight in the off-sea­son, and I don’t think they have an off-sea­son.

You’ve got to re­al­ize that fans didn’t fly on Sun­day night to watch a Mon­day night ball game. The av­er­age stay is three of four days. Imagine a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween a Clem­son fan from Bu­ford, South Carolina, and a ho­tel reser­va­tion­ist in San Jose. “I’d like three nights at your ho­tel, we’re comin’ out to watch the Tigers crush the Tide.” “We’re happy to have all the Clem­son and Alabama fans visit the Bay area”, replied the reser­va­tion­ist. “We are run­ning a spe­cial at out ho­tel, called Cham­pi­onship Mon­day. That’s three nights, free Happy Hour on Sat­ur­day, free Wi-Fi, use of our ex­cel­lent fit­ness room, and a shut­tle bus to and from the sta­dium.”

The fan from Clem­son was ec­static. “Me and my bet­ter half will be there, book us”.

The reser­va­tion­ist replied, “We’re so happy you chose our ho­tel. The price will be, in­clud­ing fed­eral, state, and lo­cal tax, $5,175,57.”

A dead si­lence at the other end. “Now, sir, could I please have your credit card num­ber?” Re­mem­ber fans, this bill did not in­clude air­fare and meals. And there are no all-youcan-eat fish fry’s in Sil­i­con Val­ley.

Let’s switch to the east coast and ex­am­ine

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