Stanford Men's Basketball Cruises Past Sacred Heart, 94-52

Dec. 18, 2000

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Casey Jacobsen hit five 3-pointers and scored 19points as No. 3 Stanford beat Sacred Heart 94-52 in the first game of theStanford Invitational on Monday night.

Georgia Tech faced Idaho State in the second game.

Stanford stayed unbeaten and Sacred Heart remained winless as the Cardinal(7-0) shook off the rust from a 16-day break by winning another major mismatch.

Jason Collins had 10 points and 13 rebounds as the Cardinal - who have alsopounded schools such as San Francisco State and UC Riverside at Maples Pavilionthis season - jumped to a 30-point lead early in the second half and won bymore than 20 for the sixth time this season.

Julius Barnes added 10 points off the bench, while four Stanford playersfinished with eight points apiece.

Sacred Heart (0-8), which moved to Division I last season and has lost 19road games since, took its seventh double-digit loss of the year despite asolid early effort.

Stanford led just 24-21 midway through the first half before the Cardinalscored 21 straight points in just over six minutes and went to halftime on a27-6 run. Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery used 12 players in the second half asStanford coasted to the win.

Andrew Hunter and Marijus Kovaliukas scored 13 points apiece to lead thePioneers, who made 21 turnovers and were outrebounded 40-25.

The game was the start of Stanford's preparations for Thursday's showdownwith top-ranked Duke at the Pete Newell Classic in Oakland.

It also featured the debut of highly touted Stanford forward Justin Davis, aprized recruit from nearby Berkeley who redshirted last season and missedStanford's first six games with an abdominal strain.

Davis got his first points on a layup with 8:43 left. He later added afierce dunk and scored seven points before fouling out with 47 seconds to play.

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