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It’s not often that a 6-10 center is the best three-point shooter on the team, but that is clearly the case for Stanford.
John Gage came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points in just 17 minutes, hitting all four of his three-point shots along the way, to lead the Cardinal to a much-needed 87-56 victory over Utah on the Utes’ home court on Sunday.
It gave the Cardinal (12-8, 3-4) a split of their weekend road trip. After looking bad while getting blown out by Colorado on Thursday, the Cardinal looked nearly unbeatable while crushing Utah, which slipped to 1-7 in the conference.
Stanford already had control of things before Gage entered the game. Chasson Randle had four of his 17 points as Stanford built a quick 12-2 lead. But then Gage took over, scoring 14 points in the first half, hitting all three of his three-point shots before halftime. And his first three points came on free throws when he was fouled on a three-point attempt.
Despite being 6-10 and labeled a center, Gage has attempted 25 two-point shots and 52 three-point shots this season. And he’s likely to keep firing away from long range because he has hit 48.1 percent of his threes, by far the best percentage on a team that lacks outside shooting.
Over Stanford’s last three games, Gage has made 9 of 10 three-point attempts, and he’s 15-for-21 from long range over the past nine games.
Stanford led by 20 points at halftime and cruised to victory. Dwight Powell had 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Randle added eight rebounds to go along with his 17 points.