Nationally-Ranked Men's Hoops Travel To Long Beach State
Nov. 30, 2000
Stanford is off to another strong start in 2000-01 ... Winners of five straight games, the Cardinal travels to Long Beach State, where the Cardinal is expected to face a hostile, soldout crowd and a 49er team that is among the favorites in the Big West Conference, and a candidate for post-season play ... In the last three seasons, Stanford has started the season in grand fashion ... Last year, the Cardinal won its first 12 games ... In 1998-99, Stanford started the year 17-2, and during the 1997-98 campaign, Stanford started the year 18-0.
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 29-5 record on the road, and 21-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.3 points per game.
Stanford (5-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Long Beach St. (3-2 overall, 0-0 Big West)Saturday, December 2, 2000, 7:30 p.m., The Pyramid (5,000)
Stanford Starters (5-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Jarron Collins, 6-11, 255, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca (11.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg)
F - Ryan Mendez, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx (11.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
C - Jason Collins, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca (12.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca (16.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
G - Michael McDonald, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca (7.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
Jarron and Jason Collins will celebrate their 22nd birthday on Dec. 2, the day Stanford travels to Long Beach State.
Long Beach State (3-2 overall, 0-0 Big West)
F - James Williams, 6-9, 225, Senior, St. Louis, Mo (7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
F - Lemi Williams, 6-6, 205, Junior, Hayti, Mo (15.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
C - Travis Reed, 6-8, 240, Junior, Fontana, Ca (10.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
G - Ramel Lloyd, 6-4, 225, Bronx, NY (19.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
G - Michael Darrett, 6-2, 200, Evansville, In (9.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg)
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 293-143 ... In 14 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 12 post-season appearances (8 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (14-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 447-220.
Stanford and Long Beach State have met only once and that game was decided in favor of the Cardinal, 80-77, during first round play of the post-season NIT (1987-88 season) ... That game was significant in that this was Stanford's post-season tournament play of any sorts (NCAA or NIT) since the 1942 season, the year Stanford won the NCAA championship ... Stanford is 52-13 against Big West schools, and has not lost to a Big West school since a 77-76 verdict at UC Santa Barbara during the 1977-78 season.
Saturday's game at Long Beach State will be a homecoming for Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery and senior starter Michael McDonald ... Montgomery played collegiately at Long Beach State (a starter during his senior season), and graduated from LBS in 1968 ... McDonald graduated from Long Beach Poly in 1997 ... McDonald's father, Glenn, was an All-American guard at Long Beach State (1971-74) .. Glenn is now the intramural director at Long Beach State.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 76-9 at Maples Pavilion, including a 31-1 record against non-league competition.
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 30.8 points per game.
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After two games, the defensive stat is .349 ... And the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponents, 206-153.
Shooting from three-point territory has remained a strength for the Cardinal thus far in 2000-01 ... Last year, the Cardinal led the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage at .400, and in three-point field goals made at 7.90 per game ... Stanford produced the second (David Moseley, .449), third (Casey Jacobsen, .435) and fifth-best (Ryan Mendez, .420) three-point shooters in the Pac-10 ... After five games, the Cardinal has hit 39-of-85 three-point attempts for .459 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in mid-season form, hitting .480 and .444, respectively.
Casey Jacobsen is Stanford's nominee for Pac-10 Player of the Week ... Jacobsen helped lead the Cardinal to three wins and the championship at the Puerto Rico Shootout last week ... Jacobsen scored 60 points (16-for-29 from the floor, 8-for-15 from three-point territory) and grabbed 13 rebounds in the three games ... Jacobsen was named the tournament MVP.
They were born eight minutes apart, and have been playing basketball since the age of six ... Jarron and Jason Collins are now in the starting lineup for the nationally-ranked Cardinal and making a major impact ... Combined they are totaling 23.6 points and 17.8 rebounds per game ... In their last game against UC Riverside (11/29), Jarron and Jason each produced a double-double, the second-time in their careers that has happened in the same game ... The first time was in the championship game of the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament against Iowa last year when Jason scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Jarron scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds ... Against UC Riverside, Jason tallied a career-high 19 points and eleven rebounds, while Jarron chalked up 12 points and 12 rebounds.
He missed the last eleven games of the 1999-00 season with a stress fracture in his right foot ... And then he was hampered by bone spurs in his foot that required surgery during the summer ... Thus he came back to Stanford not in the greatest shape and not expected to contribute right away ... But Curtis Borchardt (7-0, 230 pounds, Sophomore) has made a remarkable comeback even though he is not 100 percent ... Coming off the bench and averaging 19.0 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has eleven blocks ... Last year, in 20 games he blocked 42 shots, and was well on his way to breaking the school record of 50 before he was sidelined for the last eleven games with a stress fracture in his right foot ... In 24 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 52 blocks, eighth-best in school history.
Long Beach State is 3-2 with victories over Air Force (84-77), USF (76-74) and Tulane (79-74) ... Ramel Lloyd leads the 49er attack at 19.2 ppg, followed by Lemi Williams at 15.6 ppg ... Wayne Morgan is in his fifth season as head coach at LBS with a record of 63-56.