STANFORD -- In the game of the century mark, Stanford couldn't keep pace Monday night in a resounding 112-103 defeat to BYU in front of a crowd of 5,994 at Maples Pavilion.

Guard Chasson Randle had a career-high 33 points and Dwight Powell added 28, but the Cardinal offered little defense for its performance in the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, ESPN's 25-hour showcase of 18 games from Monday to Tuesday.

BYU (2-0) became the first opponent to score at least 100 points in regulation at Maples since Yale did it in 1985 in a 129-108 loss. The Cougars were led by guards Tyler Haws (31 points) and Matt Carlino (26) and outstanding overall shooting that included 8 of 15 3-pointers.

BYU is part of a beefed up nonconference schedule for Stanford that also includes Northwestern on Thursday and seventh-ranked Michigan and No. 19 Connecticut next month.

Perhaps it's too tough of a lineup. The Cougars led by 19 at 97-78 with 5:07 left before Stanford narrowed the margin with big 3-point shots by John Gage.

But offense wasn't the problem for a team that has its top four scorers from last season.

"We have to find a way to make a stop," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We didn't find a way tonight."

Wobbly Stanford fell behind in the first half and never made a serious run at the talented, disciplined Cougars, who are picked to finish second behind Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference.


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Troubling signs are everywhere after Stanford (1-1) barely defeated Bucknell in the season opener before getting outclassed Monday night.

The game "showed us there are a lot of things we need to work on collectively," Powell said.

Face the facts: Stanford lacks inside muscle. The Cardinal starts 6-foot-11, 245-pound Stefan Nastic, who remains an immobile work in progress. After that, Dawkins has few options until 6-10 freshman center Schuyler Rimmer is game ready.

And it wasn't just defensive deficiencies Monday night. Stanford's offense lacked patience to break down BYU. The Cardinal shot like drunken sailors in the first half, making 2 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Stanford made only 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

But the Cardinal, which allowed an average of 66 points a game last season, struggled offensively because of BYU's fast-paced scoring.

"They're one of the fastest teams in transition that we faced in several years," Dawkins said. "They keep you on your heels that way."

Every time Stanford made a run, the Cougars punched back with a timely 3-pointer or an easy layup through the porous defense.

"Usually early in the year, your defense is way better than your offense, but that wasn't the case tonight," BYU coach Dave Rose said.

Thursday's game
Northwestern (1-0) at Stanford (1-1), 8 p.m. ESPNU