Men's Basketball

da Silva Delivers

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Oscar da Silva reset the way he approached the game and that led to a big offensive night.
da Silva scored 21 points and had seven rebounds and Stanford ended a nine-game losing streak to Colorado with a 75-62 victory over the Buffaloes on Saturday.
"It's a mindset of wanting to win," da Silva said. "Finding a rhythm early helps."
da Silva, who went scoreless in Thursday's loss to Utah, had 13 points in the first half.
"His mindset is important," Cardinal coach Jerod Haase said. "Getting to the right spot, being aggressive and confident but not to the point he puts too much pressure on himself. He was there. During the shootaround he looked like he was in a good spot."
Daejon Davis scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half for the Cardinal (10-10, 3-5. Bryce Wills had 12 points and seven rebounds.
"The offense was faster paced in the second half," Davis said. "We were getting transition points and the overall player movement was better. We found open lanes and were looking to get assists."
Tyler Bey scored 17 points to lead the Buffaloes (11-8, 2-5), who have lost three of four. McKinley Wright added 14 points, Lucas Siewart had 13 and Shane Gatling 10.
Stanford used a 17-4 run to pull ahead midway through the second half. Josh Sharma's dunk gave the Cardinal their first lead of the game at 47-46 with 11:11 left to play. Davis followed with a 3-pointer.
The Cardinal offense shifted into another gear in the second half, making 15 of its first 21 shots (71.4 percent) to grab a 68-56 edge with less than four minutes to play. Stanford was 8 of 24 (33.3 percent) in the first half.
"We just didn't guard them in the second half, they shot 72 percent. Nothing changed for us in the second half; we just let our guard up," Wright said. "There's nothing else to it. I honestly can't tell you."
The Buffaloes' offense went the other direction, connecting on 8 of their first 26 shots of the second half after shooting 44.4 percent in the first half.
"In the first half, I couldn't have been happier with the execution defensively of the game plan, our toughness factor and holding them to 37 percent," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "In the second half that toughness factor went away."
Colorado built a 31-19 advantage with 4:35 remaining in the first half but the Cardinal chipped away and were within 37-31 at halftime.
Stanford will head across the Bay next weekend, facing California in Berkeley on Sunday (Feb. 3) at 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.