PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- Justin Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Lottich added 13 and seven as No. 17 Stanford bolted to a huge early lead and coasted past Sacramento State, 77-59.
Davis was 5-of-7 from the field for the Cardinal, who raced to a 37-19 lead late in the first half and coasted thereafter. Rob Little added 12 and Matt Haryasz 10 for Stanford, which is 3-0 all-time against the Hornets.
Stanford (1-0) returns 10 letterman from a squad that went 24-9 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight season. The Cardinal attack did not run smoothly as they committed 20 turnovers but made up for it with a physical approach, which resulted in a 46-22 rebounding edge.
Stanford dominated inside without starting forward Josh Childress - one of 30 preseason candidates for the Player of the Year Award.
"I thought it was a pretty good season opener," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We got good contributions off the bench. This was a good experience for us."
Jameel Pugh led Sacramento State (0-1) with 18 points.
The Hornets were within 19-17 midway through the first half when Dan Grunfeld hit two free throws to spark a 20-2 run. Chris Hernandez had five of his six points in the contest during the spurt.
Stanford held a 23-11 rebounding edge over the first 20 minutes.
A basket by Pugh with 11:17 in the game got Sacramento State within 51-45 but Lottich countered with a basket that ignited a 13-2 burst.
The Cardinal had 10 turnovers in each half.
"Sacramento State is quick and does a good job of disrupting your game plan," Montgomery said. "But this was a nice start."
Stanford improved to 31-5 in home openers at Maples Pavilion.