STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Freshman Tyrell Terry was having trouble with his long-range shooting, so he put in some extra work. It paid off.
Terry scored 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and Stanford opened its season with six straight victories for the first time in 11 years, beating William & Mary 81-50 Thursday night.
“I told him during the recruiting process that every team I’ve seen him play on takes his personality,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. “He’s doing a great job of passing the ball.”
Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis added 14 points apiece for the Cardinal (6-0), who are off to their best start since opening the 2008-09 season with 10 straight wins.
Andy Van Vliet, the reigning CAA Player of the Week, scored 11 points to lead the Tribe (4-2), who have lost two in a row since opening with four wins. Quinn Blair added 10 points.
“I don’t know what our team can take away from this kind of game,” Tribe coach Dane Fischer said. “Anytime you play at the highest level, which this is, it’s a great opportunity for the guys to take on some great competition. We played great the other night at Oklahoma. But I didn’t think we had the same effort or energy tonight. That’s something we can work on.
Senior Nathan Knight, who scored 30 points in William & Mary’s loss to the Sooners, made 2 of 4 from the field and had five rebounds before fouling out. He was averaging a double-double through the first five games.
“It was a team effort,” Haase said. “We used multiple guys on him. Mostly Bryce (Wills), who did a great job. His versatility is unbelievable. He can guard so many different players.”
Terry was 8 of 11 from the field, including a 5 of 7 effort from 3-point range.
“We had to put two halves together,” Terry said. “We made it a goal to play a full 40 minutes.”
Stanford freshman Spencer Jones scored his first 2-point basket of the season with just over 12 minutes to play on a driving layup. His first 17 field goals were all from 3-point range.
“We had been giving him a hard time about that,” Davis said. “That’s why he pointed to us and gave us the peace sign.”
Stanford outscored the Tribe 8-2 over the final two minutes of the first half to take a 39-25 lead.
William & Mary went scoreless for a span of 4:26 in the first half.
IT’S BEEN AWHILE
William & Mary made its third appearance at Stanford, though it was just the second meeting between the schools. The Tribe last played the Cardinal here in a tournament in 1987. They also played in the Stanford Invitational in 1998 but did not meet the hosts. That’s the last time William & Mary has played a game in California. Stanford is also the Tribe’s first Pac-12 opponent since playing at Arizona State in 1996.
William & Mary: The Tribe opened the season by matching a school record with three consecutive road victories. They started 4-0 for the first time in 27 years and Dane Fischer became the first coach to win his first four games at William & Mary since the 1943-44 season.
Stanford: Tyrell Terry became the first freshman since at least 1996 to reach double figures in scoring in each of his first five games. He’s brought a 14.0 scoring average into play Thursday, which includes a 16-of-17 effort from the foul line (.941). He also leads the team in assists (3.4).
William & Mary: The Tribe returns home to play Morehead State on Tuesday.
Stanford: The Cardinal advances to the Hall of Fame Classic ‘Final Four’ in Kansas City and meets Oklahoma on Monday.
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