STANFORD, Calif. (AP)—Senior guard Anthony Goods is having a good time these days playing quicker under first-year coach Johnny Dawkins.
“It’s a lot more fun playing at this higher tempo,” Goods said after scoring 20 points in Stanford’s 76-57 victory over Air Force on Wednesday night. “Pressing, something we just practiced last year, helps keep the intensity going.”
Goods, who has never averaged more than 12.8 points a game over his first three seasons, has nearly doubled his shot attempts this season. In three games he’s averaging 14 shots a game compared to 7.8 over his past three years.
Playing behind Brook and Robin Lopez, twins who are both now in the NBA, tended to limit Goods. He’s taking on more responsibility and leadership these days and has flourished under Dawkins, the former longtime assistant coach at Duke.
“It’s always good to have success and still have things to work on,” Dawkins said. “It’s something to build on.”
Lawrence Hill added 18 points as the Cardinal (3-0) beat the Falcons for just the second time in their past five meetings. Josh Owens added 14 points.
“You don’t forget the losses,” Hill said of Air Force’s 79-45 victory two years ago. “I remember there was no intensity that night.”
Anwar Johnson scored a career-high 20 points for Air Force (3-2) in its first road game of the season. Matt Holland added 11 points.
Stanford made 14 of its first 21 shots (67 percent) and turned eight Falcons’ turnovers into 16 points en route to a 51-29 halftime advantage.
“I thought the first six possessions were the key to the game,” Falcons’ coach Jeff Reynolds said. “They hit shots, they got to the ball, they hustled and set the tone right out of the box. We couldn’t handle the pressure at first, but I thought we handled it better in the second half.”
Stanford scored 24 of the game’s first 30 points.
The Cardinal made all 10 of its free throws and has now sunk 69 of 88 foul shots overall, nearly 79 percent.
The Falcons never got closer than 14 points in the second half.