- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Chasson Randle scored a season-high 31 points and Stefan Nastic added 15 points to help Stanford down Loyola Marymount 67-58 Wednesday night.

The Cardinal (6-2) won for the third time in four games despite Randle having his consecutive free throw streak end at 39, the school’s third longest, and the longest since Ryan Mendez’s school record 49 in 2001.

Randle, coming off a season-low nine-point effort, was 9 of 19 from the field and 10 of 12 from the foul line. Nastic was 7 of 10 from the field.

Evan Payne, who scored 32 points in his last outing against Northern Arizona, was limited to 14 points for the Lions (3-6), who lost their fourth straight.

Stanford and LMU were playing for the first time in 30 years and the sixth time overall. The Cardinal have won all six.

Simon Krajcovic converted a conventional three-point play to give Loyola Marymount a 48-47 advantage with 7:51 left, the ninth lead change of the game.

Stanford took the lead for good with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes, highlighted by 3-pointers from Randle and freshman Dorian Pickens.

Payne’s dunk at 17:50 of the second half put the Lions ahead 39-32 but the Cardinal proceeded to score seven straight, including a 3-pointer from Pickens, to take their first lead since early in the game.

The Lions held a 31-19 lead after Ayodeji Egbeyemi hit a free throw with 3:41 remaining in the first half.

Stanford scored the final eight points of the half to draw within 31-27 heading into the intermission.

TIP INS

Loyola Marymount: Sophomore Evan Payne entered the game ranked seventh nationally in scoring (22.6). He became the first LMU player to score at least 22 points in the first two games of the season in 25 years.

Stanford: Center Grant Verhoeven returned following his recovery from a hip injury and finished with four points and two rebounds. Schuyler Rimmer appeared in two games but is no longer with the team. Malcolm Allen, the twin brother of sophomore guard Marcus Allen, will redshirt the season.

UP NEXT

Loyola Marymount opens the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic against Wichita State on Monday.

Stanford plays at BYU on Saturday, its second straight West Coast Conference opponent.


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