Stanford ends layoff with win over UC Davis |

Stanford ends layoff with win over UC Davis

STANFORD – Jack Trotter and Jeremy Green were able to make every practice during Stanford’s two-week finals break. It showed on the court.

Green scored 16 points, Trotter recorded career highs with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Stanford ended its layoff with an 85-69 victory over UC Davis on Sunday night.

“The exams and study groups took priority over the break, and we understood that some players had to leave early or miss practice,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “We didn’t have all the players at the same time so at times it looked like we were off for two weeks.”

Green, who played a team-high 32 minutes, and Trotter, who recorded his first career double-double, were able to work their finals around practice.

“You can see the growth in some of our guys,” Dawkins said. “Trotter gave us a lift.”

Landry Fields scored 21 points for the Cardinal (5-3), who won in their first game since Nov. 29. Andrew Zimmerman scored a career-best 11 points, and Jarrett Mann added 10.

Fields, who is among the nation’s top 10 scorers, reached double figures for the eighth time and surpassed the 20-point mark for the seventh time.

Trotter, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center, averaged 6.3 minutes a game last year and made his first career start in this year’s opener. He didn’t score more than five points or have more than four rebounds in a game until this year.

“I prepared all offseason for this,” Trotter said. “It’s six months of getting ready. I was focusing on aggressiveness because the opportunities will be there to produce.”

Without returning starter Josh Owens, out indefinitely with an undisclosed medical condition, Trotter was asked to fill an even bigger roll.

Green said he just needed to get used to the speed of the game again.

“I wasn’t too far off because the practices have been pretty intense,” he said. “But you always have to get used to the speed.”

Mark Payne scored 21 points to lead the Aggies (3-6), who lost their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. Ryan Sypkens added a season-best 16 points, and Dominic Calegari had 13.

Payne scored at least 21 points for the third straight game.

The Cardinal improved to 14-1 against UC Davis all-time and have won four of five home games.

Every Stanford starter scored in the game’s first six minutes as the Cardinal opened with 14 unanswered points. The Aggies turned the ball over six times in the first four minutes and went the first six minutes without a field goal.

The Cardinal took advantage of the Aggies’ sloppy ballhandling by scoring 21 points off turnovers in the first half. Stanford also shot 54.5 percent from the field while limiting UC Davis to 31.8 percent.

The Aggies played their second game without 6-8 junior Joe Harden, the team’s leading rebounder and one of their top scorers, due to a high-ankle sprain.

Stanford took a 47-24 lead into intermission.

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