No.3 Men's Basketball Beats Georgia Tech, 80-66
Dec. 19, 2000
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
In their toughest test of the young season, the Cardinal (8-0) handledGeorgia Tech's full-court press with their familiar formula of tough insideplay and proficient outside shooting. Twin brothers Jason and Jarron Collinscombined for 31 points and 19 rebounds while playing excellent defense.
Stanford also got 15 points apiece from Ryan Mendez, who hit four3-pointers, and Jarron Collins to remain undefeated before Thursday's showdownwith top-ranked Duke at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland. Duke beatPortland 97-64 Tuesday.
The Cardinal needed a few minutes to adjust to Georgia Tech's press, whichcaused five straight turnovers early in the first half. The Yellow Jackets led24-20 before the Cardinal scored 12 unanswered points during an 18-3 run.
Shaun Fein led the Yellow Jackets with 24 points, hitting six 3-pointers.Tony Akins and Marvin Lewis scored 11 points apiece for Georgia Tech.
The Collins twins led Stanford out of trouble with strong play around thebasket, particularly against shot-blocking Georgia Tech center Alvin Jones, whowas limited to five rebounds and two blocks.
Despite the loss, the Yellow Jackets (6-3), who took Stanford to overtimebefore losing their meeting last season, built on their strong start to theseason with a game effort against the bigger Cardinal. Fein single-handedlykept Georgia Tech close in the second half with 11 points in the first sevenminutes after halftime.
The Yellow Jackets didn't get many calls at Maples Pavilion, and theirfrustration showed in Jones' angry reaction to a hard foul by Mendez in theclosing minutes. Jones fouled out with six seconds to play.
Playing for the second time in two nights after a 16-day break, Stanford wonits holiday tournament for the third straight season. In the consolation game,Idaho State beat Sacred Heart 95-59.
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