Huestis scored a career-high 18 points, leading Stanford to a 69-51 victory over Alcorn State on Thursday night.
Chasson Randle added 10 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (3-0), who have won nine straight dating to last year's run to the Postseason NIT tournament title.
Huestis made 8 of his 10 field-goal attempts while the rest of the team shot 26 percent from the field.
"We're a tough team and our biggest asset is playing defense," Huestis said. "It was one of those nights where the shots weren't falling and that's why we need to play defense."
Stanford outrebounded the Braves 51-29, including a 23-5 advantage on the offensive boards. As a result, the Cardinal outscored Alcorn State 20-4 on second-chance points.
"One of our goals coming into the game was to allow no second chances and to hold them to under seven offensive rebounds," Braves coach Luther Riley said. "That didn't work. They're big, they push, they play physical."
Anthony Nieves scored 12 points, Josh Nicholas 11 and Anthony Evans 10 for Alcorn State (1-2).
The Braves held an early lead at 9-8 before Stanford put together a 13-2 run and never trailed again, eventually leading by as many as 21.
"I thought our guys executed well; we just couldn't make shots," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We got the ball where we wanted and got good looks. It was a good test that we had to rely on our defense. Tonight was a good indication we can do that."
Stanford held a 33-21 advantage at halftime despite shooting just under 30 percent. The Cardinal outrebounded Alcorn State 25-15 and forced 10 turnovers in the first half.
"We have to go back and go to work," Riley said.