Marcus Allen scored 17 points Tuesday as Stanford overpowered DePaul, 79-60, at Maples Pavilion. With the loss, DePaul dropped to 0-5 against the top 150 in KenPom.
Stanford (5-3) opened the game on a 9-3 run with Allen, a junior guard, contributing five early points. The Cardinal raced to a 39-24 halftime lead.
Early in the second half, DePaul (5-5) cut the deficit to 47-37 thanks to productive play from its backcourt of junior Billy Garrett Jr. and senior Aaron Simpson.
Stanford responded with seven straight points to blow the game open again. DePaul never inched closer than 11 points the rest of the way, and Stanford’s advantage reached as many as 23 points.
While Allen led all scorers, three other Cardinal players scored at least 12 points. The DePaul defense struggled mightily to cover Stanford on the perimeter, allowing the Cardinal to shoot 10-of-19 from 3-point range.
Stanford finished with a 58.8 effective field-goal percentage and scored 1.18 points per possession.
DePaul has now allowed at least 1.08 points per possession in each of its last three games.
The Blue Demons shot fairly at 44 percent from the field. Simpson led the team with 16 points while Garrett netted 15 points and five assists. Senior forward Myke Henry added 13 points and six rebounds.
However, DePaul turned the ball over 20 times, and Stanford cashed in for 30 points. Garrett and Henry combined for nine of the miscues.
DePaul’s struggles against top-150 competition is alarming as the team has only two remaining opponents, both of which are St. John’s, ranked outside the top 75. The Blue Demons continue the challenging stretch Saturday against Northwestern at Allstate Arena.