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STANFORD, Calif. -- Forward Josh Huestis scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to help Stanford beat Northwestern 71-58 Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford (2-1) scored 32 fewer points than it had on Monday against BYU, but, unlike the 112-103 loss to the Cougars, this one resulted in a victory.

Northwestern (1-1) suffered its first loss under first-year head coach Chris Collins.

The game was a matchup of former Duke assistants, as both Collins and Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins served on Mike Krzyzewski's staff.

Guard JerShon Cobb led the Wildcats with a game-high 19 points, making four of seven 3-point shots.

Forward Drew Crawford, who scored 25 points in Northwestern's opener, collected 15 points but had a long drought through the middle of the game. He had 13 points with 7:11 left in the first half, but he did not score again until 7:05 remained in the game. He missed eight consecutive field-goal attempts in that span after starting the game 5-for-6.

Guard Chasson Randle added 14 points for the Cardinal after scoring 33 against BYU.

Stanford took control of the game after intermission, turning a two-point halftime lead into a 15-point advantage midway through the second half.

The Cardinal scored six straight points early in the second half to increase a three-point lead to nine. Huestis' basket with 12:53 remaining gave Stanford a 41-32 advantage.

After a free throw by Cobb, Stanford scored seven more points in a row to make it a 48-33 game with 9:42 left.

The Wildcats made just two of their first 15 field-goal attempts in the second half, a drought that allowed the Cardinal to break away.

Stanford forward Dwight Powell, who came into the game averaging 22.5 points, was limited to six points until he hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to give him nine.

Crawford scored 13 points in the first half, but he missed a contested layup with two seconds left that would have tied the game at intermission.

Instead, the Cardinal held a 29-27 lead at halftime. Center Stefan Nastic scored eight points in the first half to lead Stanford, which hit its first four shots, but was just 7-for-21 for the rest of the half.

Powell was limited to two points and five minutes in the first half after picking up two personal fouls.

No one besides Crawford had more than five points in the first half for Northwestern. Crawford was 5-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-3 on 3-pointers, before missing his final attempt of the half.

Forward Nikola Cerina scored from close range to give Northwestern a 27-26 lead with 3:02 left in the first half, but Huestis hit his first 3-point shot of the season at the 1:47 mark to put the Cardinal back on top 29-27.

NOTES: Northwestern first-year head coach Chris Collins and sixth-year Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins are both Duke graduates. They were on the Blue Devils' staff together from 2000-08. ... Northwestern, which won its opener over Eastern Illinois, began last season with a six-game winning streak but ended it with an eight-game losing streak, leading to the firing of coach Bill Carmody. ... Northwestern junior PG Dave Sobolewski and Stanford junior PG Chasson Randle were AAU teammates for the Illinois Wolves. ...The four high school players Northwestern signed Wednesday -- Vic Law, Gavin Skelly, Bryant McIntosh and Scott Lindsey -- form what is considered the Wildcats' best recruiting class in history.
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