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Brown and Bright help keep Stanford's men hoops happy

Anthony Brown was happy to see Aaron Bright have a good game and Bright is just happy that Brown is back in the lineup.

Their mutual support went viral throughout the Stanford roster as five players, including Brown and Bright, reached double figures in scoring and the 14 available players each got to set foot on the court.

Brown recorded his first double-double of the season, and the third of his career, with a career-high 23 points and a season-best 10 rebounds in helping the Stanford men's basketball team down visiting Texas Southern, 97-71, Thursday night as part of the Progressive Legends Classic.

"That was the best team effort of the season," Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We did an excellent job sharing the ball."

The Cardinal (4-1) travels to Brooklyn to take on Houston in the championship round of the tournament on Monday. Stanford still has a preliminary game to play against South Dakota State, which has been scheduled for Dec. 1, a few days after the championship game.

Don't ask. It has to do with scheduling problems and Stanford's two-week break for finals. Texas Southern and South Dakota State are part of both the Stanford regional and Lubbock regional.

Those two teams travel to South Dakota, and will be joined by Howard and Lehigh, for the Brookings Subregional, a sort of consolation tournament.

Win or lose on Monday, Stanford will play again Tuesday against either Pittsburgh or Texas Tech.

As for that team effort, the stat sheet is evidence of that. Josh Huestis had 18 points and blocked three shots to give him sole possession of fourth place on Stanford's career blocked shot list with 133. He had been tied with Matt Haryasz. He was also 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Dwight Powell, per his usual effort, scored 11 points, had eight rebounds, recorded five assists, blocked a shot and made a team-high three steals.

Chasson Randle added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. He and Brown have reached double figures in each of the team's first five games.

Bright said he felt this game was going to be a little different because he was lights out during the shootaround session. He was right. He was 3 of 4 from long range and 4 of 5 overall in addition to six assists.

Stanford shot 50 percent from beyond the arc (13 for 16) and just over 47 percent from the field. The Cardinal dominated the boards to the tune of 51-32, including a 21-10 advantage on the offensive glass.

Include the 21 assists and a mere nine turnovers, and, yes, this one can be filled under 'team effort' and made available for public viewing.

"Our assist-to-turnover ratio has been low and we wanted to change that," Brown said. "We wanted to make connective plays, share the wealth. It makes more people happy."

Bright's game certainly made Brown happy.

"We feed off his energy," he said. "He gives us a huge lift. When he gets going, the cylinders start rolling."

Brown, who missed most of last season with an injury, just makes Bright happy by showing up to play every day.

"I love having him back on the court," Bright said. "He is and will be a huge part of the team's success."

The Cardinal opened the second half on an 11-2 run, taking a 62-46 edge with 13:29 remaining to play on a pair of free throws from Randle.

Huestis hit a 3-pointer to give Stanford a 21-point lead two minutes later and the Cardinal cruised from there.

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