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Stanford men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins made it through another round of finals and came out with a victory.

Rosco Allen and Reid Travis were two of the lucky ones. They had their final finished Monday. They had an extra few days to relax and focus on basketball.

Senior point guard Christian Sanders wasn't so lucky. He had a 14-page paper due at noon Saturday, though he still found a way to contribute to Stanford's 64-50 victory over visiting Dartmouth in a nonconference game Saturday night.

The Cardinal (4-3) hosts DePaul (5-4) in another nonconference game at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Blue Demons had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Allen scored 17 points, Reid Travis added 14 points and Stanford made a triumphant return from a two-week break.

"I wouldn't say it was rust," Travis said. "We have been playing each other so much I think we were locked in. We needed to play someone else."

Marcus Allen added 12 points for the Cardinal, which has won two in a row since a three-game losing streak.

"Rosco is starting to come into his own," Dawkins said. "He needs to be aggressive and he needs to be one of our scorers. His mindset is one of attacking and he's elevating his game."

Miles Wright hit a 3-pointer to pull Dartmouth within 55-47 with 5:40 remaining to play, though the Big Green would get no closer and did not score again until Ike Ngwudo hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds left for the final margin.

Allen and Travis combined to grab nine of Stanford's 17 offensive rebounds and the Cardinal won the battle of the boards, 37-30.

"We usually have the height advantage and we always emphasize going after the offensive rebounds," Allen said.

The Cardinal also had a 24-9 advantage in points off turnovers in addition to a 13-10 edge in second-chance points.

After Dartmouth drew within eight, Sanders hit a pair of free throws that sparked a rally and gave the Cardinal a comfortable lead.

"Their size hurt us," Dartmouth coach Paul Cormier said. "They keep us from being able to have an effective inside game."

Stanford outscored the Big Green, 28-10, in the paint.

The Cardinal never trailed, opening a double-digit advantage less than eight minutes into the game.

Grant Verhoeven hit a pair of free throws late in the first half to give Stanford a 37-24 lead at halftime.

The Cardinal opened a seven-game home stand, a span that will extend into January and the beginning of the conference season.

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