Marcus Allen hit a layup with under three seconds remaining for the go-ahead basket as the Stanford men's basketball team downed Arkansas, 69-66, in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on Friday.
Rosco Allen scored a career-high 25 points and had nine rebounds for the Cardinal (3-3), which overcame a 17-point deficit over the final 6:38 of the contest, using a 21-1 run to finish it. Allen sank a pair of free throws to clinch it.
"I've seen how big their hearts are," Dawkins said. "We've gone through a lot of adversity early in our season and through that I've really learned a lot about my team. And the thing I've learned is they have big hearts, they keep competing, they never give up."
Stanford takes a two-week break for exams before returning to action on Saturday, Dec. 12, against visiting Dartmouth at 7 p.m.
The come-from-behind victory sends the Cardinal, which ended a three-game losing streak, into the break on a high note.
Allen's layup was a direct result of a Razorbacks defensive goaltending call. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was subsequently tagged with a technical foul after arguing, sending Rosco Allen to the line.
Marcus Allen matched Michael Humphrey, with each scoring 12 points. Reid Travis added 10.
Rosco Allen was named to the all-tournament team after netting 27 points and 19 rebounds in the Cardinal's two games.
Stanford trailed for all but 1:19 of the contest, :41 of which was tied, with the Razorbacks controlling the boards and passing effectively. Arkansas finished with 42 rebounds, 19 offensive, and 15 assists on 23 baskets.
The Razorbacks led 65-48 with 6:39 remaining before the Cardinal went to work, closing to within 65-62 with 2:17 to go. Marcus Allen hit one of two free throws to bring Stanford within a point, 66-65, with 27.4 seconds left.
Allen's winning lay-in gave Stanford its first lead since early in the game. Rosco Allen entered the game with four made free throws in six attempts.
"If you're going to beat us, it's going to be 40 minutes," Dawkins said. "It won't be because our kids let up."
The Cardinal also rallied in the first half to close to 41-31 by halftime. Arkansas led by as much by 20, and Stanford, which also had trouble scoring early against Villanova on Thursday, needed almost 11 minutes to reach double figures.
Christian Sanders broke the ice with a layup, sparking a 22-12 run over the final 9:10 of the first half.