Stanford-Old Dominion Preview
Nov. 22, 2000
Stanford visits San Juan for the first time when they face Old Dominion inthe first round of the Puerto Rico Shootout.
Fifth-ranked Stanford (1-0) was supposed to open its season with a statesidegame in the Shootout before heading off to Puerto Rico, but the NCAA would notallow it.
'The Puerto Rico people originally wanted to have a fourth game whichstarted in the states,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. 'When the NCAAsaid no, we still wanted a game and San Francisco State was the only teamavailable.'
Stanford opened its season by whipping Division II San Francisco State100-49 on Sunday. Senior point guard Mike McDonald made a career-best five3-pointers and finished with a career-high 19 points as Stanford won its 13thstraight season opener.
'We've been after him to hit the open shot and not be afraid of it,'Montgomery said of McDonald. 'We tell him to shoot those. For us it's a majorplus to have all five positions that can score.'
Stanford, 27-4 last season, is expected to battle No. 1 Arizona for thePac-10 title. The Cardinal feature three seniors in the starting line up -McDonald and forwards Jarron Collins (12 points, eight rebounds on Friday) andRyan Mendez.
Old Dominion (1-1) fell 91-89 at George Washington on Monday. Pierre Greeneled the Monarchs with 24 points and Rasheed Wright added 18. Old Dominiontrailed 78-56 with five minutes to play, but battled back behind Greene, whohad 19 points in the second half.
The Monarchs were 11-19 last year, including a 6-10 mark in the ColonialAthletic Conference.
Stanford is the favorite to win the tournament, which concludes Saturday.The rest of the field includes No. 13 Utah, Memphis, Georgia, Indiana State,Miami (Ohio) and host American-Puerto Rico.
The winner of the Stanford-Old Dominion game will face the winner of theMemphis-Miami game on Friday.