Fields leads Stanford to win against ACC school
November 25, 2009
CANCUN, Mexico – Landry Fields scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Stanford to a 57-52 win over Virginia in the Cancun Classic on Tuesday night.
The Cardinal (3-2) trailed 47-46 with 4:52 left in the second half after Virginia’s Mustapha Farrakhan hit two free throws. That’s the last time the Cavaliers (3-2) would lead, as Stanford answered with nine straight points to take a 55-47 lead with 2:46 remaining.
“That’s when your defense has got to be at it’s strongest,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “You got a lead, it’s getting later in the game and you really got to come up with some tough plays. We still had some chances, but we missed some bunnies, missed some free throws to make it interesting and we could capitalize on those either.”
Virginia cut the lead to three points with 12 seconds left to play. But Fields, who went 9-for-16 from the floor, made two free throws to give Stanford enough cushion for the win.
Jeff Jones led the Cavaliers with 17 points and Sylven Landesberg had 16.
Both teams shot poorly as Stanford shot 38.9 percent from floor (21-for-54), while Virginia shot 37.8 percent (17-for-45). The Cardinal used solid 3-point shooting by going 8-for-16.
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“For some reason, we were very flat,” Bennett said. “At this level you got to play with so much heart and I thought we lacked some heart and some smarts and togetherness – the key ingredients to being successful.”