STANFORD, Calif. -- Dorian Pickens scored 17 points and Stanford beat Colorado State 56-49 on Sunday in a matchup of two teams still trying to figure out how to consistently score.They certainly did a great job playing a very compact defense, but we also made some mistakes, said first-year Stanford coach Jerod Haase, whose team improved to 4-0 but had its lowest point total of the season.We didnt capitalize on certain things. We need to make a few more open shots. The biggest thing is we need to get the ball inside.Pickens made 4 of 6 from 3-point range, but was the only player on either team to shoot with success from the perimeter. Pickens teammates were a combined 1-for-12 and the Rams were 5-for-18.Stanford, which won its third home game in a span of six days, also got 11 points from Reid Travis. But the junior forward, who averaged 21.7 points through the Cardinals first three games, managed just five shot attempts against a collapsing CSU defense.They made it tough for us to get the ball inside, Stanford point guard Robert Cartwright said. Its a great opportunity for us to grow. We havent really been challenged this way. We have to find ways to win and we did that.The Rams (2-1) hadnt been held under 50 points since a 56-43 loss to San Diego State on March 13, 2015.Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy played a young lineup that included as many as three sophomores and a freshman at times.We expect this is going to be a time when were going to learn. Its as good a defensive team as Ive had in a long time for such young kids, Eustachy said. They werent more physical than us. I thought we tried really hard. You just cant overcome 20 turnovers.Prentiss Nixon led Colorado State with 15 points. Braden Koelliker, who averaged 14.5 points in the teams first two games, was scoreless.We were close against a very good Stanford team, Eustachy said. Im not sure our guys believed we could beat them, and I thought we could. Well get it right.BIG PICTUREStanford: The Cardinal is 4-0 under first-year head coach Jerod Haase, although early success is not necessarily indicative of long-terms results. Previous coach Johnny Dawkins started 10-0 in his debut season of 2008-09 (including a win over Colorado State) before the Cardinal lost 90-60 to Arizona State in its Pac-10 opener. Stanford wound up finishing ninth in the conference.Colorado State: The Rams need to shoot the ball better. They converted just 38 percent from the field -- including 6 for 33 from the 3-point arc -- in their first two games. 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Debutant Alex Lozowski scored 20 points as Saracens began their defence of the Aviva Premiership with a bonus-point 35-3 victory over Worcester at Twickenham.Fly-half Lozowski scored a try and booted three penalties and three conversions, with hooker Jamie George, on his 150th appearance, South African back row Schalk Burger, in his first game for the champions, and replacement Ben Spencer also crossing.Worcesters solitary riposte was a first-half Ryan Lamb penalty as they were overwhelmed for twenty minutes after the break.The first-half was forgettable. There was a lot of match rustiness as knock-ons and scrummages dominated proceedings, but Saracens had the better of the possession and territory.England wing Chris Ashton knocked the ball on early in the half when in with a chance of racing down the touchline for a try.Lozowski got Saracens on the board when debutant Worcester full-back Jackson Willison was guilty of handling at a ruck and the former Wasps player booted his first penalty from 25 metres.England brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola were constant thorns to the Worcester midfield at first and second receivers but Worcester held their ground and had their own chances.New signing Ben Teo, the rugby league convert who went on tour with England to Australia this summer, drove into the Saracens 22 before Alex Goode pulled him to ground.ddddddddddddAfter Lozowski missed a sitter to put Saracens further ahead, Lamb levelled the game with a 25 metre shot. They were the last points Worcester would score.The closest either side went to a try in the first half came when England lock George Kruis was just short of the line before Lozowski found the target for a second time on the stroke of the interval.Within 12 minutes of the re-start, Saracens were away and almost clear. Lozowski booted his third penalty before a drive from an attacking line-out saw Worcesters pack defence disintegrate for George to be almost dragged over the line by Billy Vunipola.Yet another attacking line-out drive saw Lozowski put into a gap by Burger. He converted his own touchdown.Worcester prop James Johnston was binned for a high tackle on Lozowski just seconds before Burger grabbed a debut converted try as Saracens began to hit top gear.And minutes from time, Spencer ran over for Saracens fourth to get the bonus point to seal their victory and give Worcester a lot to think about before next weekend. 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