Reid Travis took the hint and played more aggressively than he did two nights ago when he seemed all but invisible under the basket.
He made it easier for himself and his team Sunday, matching his career high with 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with eight rebounds. He had two boards in Friday's win over Denver.
It all led to Stanford's 71-59 victory over visiting USF in a nonconference game that also marked coach Jarod Haase's 100th career victory.
"When I was able to get one early, I gained a little confidence," Travis said. "I stayed in attack mode and got some early looks."
Travis' first basket of the second half, a layup 33 seconds in, gave him 1,000 points for his career.
Josh Sharma added 13 points for the Cardinal and Michael Humphrey had nine points and nine rebounds.
"Josh brings a lot of energy," Travis said. "The coach tells us when you come in, it should be like firecrackers going off and that's what he's doing. He ups the level."
Stanford (6-6) will have to up its level a bit more when it takes on No. 13 Kansas (7-2) in Sacramento on Thursday at 8 p.m.
"Twenty turnovers is probably not a recipe for success against Kansas," Haase said. "We have to be aggressive and still value the basketball."
Stanford did enjoy a perfectly fine first half, in which it held the Dons to a season-low in points (21) and shooting percentage (19.2 percent) for a half.
The Dons had a one-point lead with 8:23 remaining in the first half before the Cardinal slowly began to pull away.
Stanford opened the second half with an 11-3 run and a 25-point advantage. San Francisco made one of its first 11 shots of the second half.
The Dons shaved 14 points off their deficit thanks to an 11-0 run that brought them within 51-40 with 7:37 remaining to play. They didn't get any closer.
Stanford outscored San Francisco 12-1 over the final 5:04 to take a 38-21 lead into halftime.
The Cardinal is in a stretch of eight games all played in California. They last played outside the state on Nov. 26 in Portland. Stanford next plays out of state on Jan. 11 at Washington State.
Stanford remains without starters Marcus Sheffield and Dorian Pickens, both out with foot injuries.