San Diego Defeats Stanford 77-64 Despite Fields' Career-High 25
Nov. 13, 2009
SAN DIEGO- De'Jon Jackson and Brandon Johnson scored 18 points apiece to lead San Diego to a 77-64 win over Stanford in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
San Diego (1-0) held the Cardinal to just two field goals in the final seven minutes, winning its season opener for just the second time in seven seasons despite a standout offensive performance from Landry Fields.
Fields scored a career-high 25 points for Stanford (0-1), which shot only 37.5 percent from the floor. Fields led all players with nine rebounds, racked up a career-best five steals and connected on 9-15 chances from the foul line. His 15 free throw attempts were the most since Brook Lopez converted 9-15 tries from the charity stripe in an 82-77 win at California back on Jan. 26, 2008.
However, Jackson helped seal the win with two straight baskets to give the Toreros a 69-58 lead with 2:18 remaining. Johnson scored 14 of his points in the second half when San Diego shot 60 percent from the field.
San Diego won despite the Cardinal's big advantage at the free throw line. Stanford had 24 attempts to 12 for the Toreros heading into the final two minutes. Stanford finished just 17 of 26 while San Diego was 14 for 20.
The Toreros owned a 40-33 rebounding edge.
NOTES: Stanford is now 77-18 all-time in season openers, dropping its first lid-lifter since a 79-63 loss to UC Irvine to begin the 2005 campaign ... Stanford's six-game non-conference road winning streak, which dated back to Dec. 2, 2007, was snapped with tonight's loss. The Cardinal's last non-league road loss came back on Nov. 17, 2007 against Siena ... Landry Fields registered his third career 20-point game ... Stanford's starting lineup featured Da'Veed Dildy, Jarrett Mann, Landry Fields, Andrew Zimmermann and Jack Trotter. Dildy, Mann and Trotter were making their first career starts ... Jarrett Mann dished out a career-high six assists ... Stanford was 4-8 from three-point territory in the first half and 1-9 over the final 20 minutes.