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Stanford hangs on to beat Wyoming in Diamond Head Classic

NCAA Basketball: Valparaiso at Stanford

Nov 17, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Stanford Cardinal forward Jaiden Delaire (11) shoots from the free throw line during the second half against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Maples Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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HONOLULU- Jaiden Delaire scored 17 points, Spencer Jones added 15 and Stanford held off Wyoming 66-63 on Wednesday in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic.

Stanford (7-4) will play Liberty in a semifinal Thursday while Wyoming (9-2) will take on Northern Iowa in the consolation bracket.

Wyoming’s Graham Ike scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season. Hunter Maldonado added 18 points and Xavier DuSell 13.

Wyoming inbounded the ball on its side of the court with 8.1 seconds remaining but a pair of 3-pointers were off the mark as time ran out.

Jones scored with six minutes left to give Stanford the lead for good, combining with Michael O’Connell to score 11 of the Cardinal’s final 14 points.

Wyoming briefly took the lead for the first time since the opening minutes when the Cowboys put together a 7-0 run with Ike having just gone to the bench with his fourth foul with nine minutes left in the game. Ike returned five minutes later and had a chance to tie the game with 32 seconds remaining but couldn’t complete a three-point play. Stanford made 2 of 4 free throws in the final 26 seconds to provide the final margin.

Stanford shot 39% and Wyoming 43% while they combined to go only 9 of 45 from the arc. The Cardinal got seven more free-throw attempts and had six more points from the line.

Neither team reached 40% shooting in the first half with Stanford leading by as many as 12. Delaire and Ike both had 11 points in the half that ended with Stanford leading 35-30.