A solid effort from Reid Travis and a promising performance from freshman Isaac White should give Stanford men's basketball fans some optimism for the upcoming season.
Travis scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and White added 17 points, including a 5-for-5 effort from 3-point range to help Stanford open its season with a 78-62 victory over visiting Cal Poly on Friday.
Stanford won its eighth straight season opener and has won 27 of its last 29 season openers. The Cardinal is 7-1 against the Mustangs, including the past six.
"I felt I did all right," Travis said. "Overall I liked how aggressive I was."
Stanford outscored the Mustangs 11-2 on second-chance points, which was fed by Travis' six offensive boards. Cal Poly had five all night.
"I'll take that every game," Travis said.
"The kid that surprised me with his playing time, considering the amount of injuries they have, was Isaac White," Cal Poly coach Joe Callero said. "That kid plays like he's a junior or senior. He's really a galvanizing player, really poised, waits for his moments on both offense and defense."
"I'm excited whether I'm starting or not," White said. "I love every second on the court and relish the opportunity."
Stanford took advantage of a first half Mustangs' cold spell from the field to eventually build a 38-24 halftime lead. Cartwright nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Stanford freshman Kezie Okpala has been benched for a certain amount of time while he makes up some grades from AP classes he took in high school. There's no timetable set for his return.