Cardinal Wins School Record 19th Straight Over Washington State, 72-61
Jan. 27, 2001
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press Writer
PULLMAN, Wash. - Twins Jason and Jarron Collins each scored 18 pointsas No. 1 Stanford beat Washington State 72-61 to set a school record with 19consecutive victories to open the season.
The Cardinal (19-0, 7-0 Pacific 10) remained the only unbeaten Division Iteam in the nation. Stanford opened the 1997-98 season with 18 straightvictories and advanced to the Final Four.
Washington State (7-10, 1-7) lost its fourth straight game and seventh inthe past eight. The Cougars have lost 13 consecutive home games against atop-ranked team.
Mike Bush scored 23 points and kept Washington State in contention. TheCougars trailed 34-28 at halftime, and kept Stanford 13 points under its seasonaverage. Stanford has won 12 games by 20 or more points this season
The Collins brothers scored 17 of Stanford's first 20 points in the secondhalf as the Cardinal took a 54-41 lead with 10:22 left.
Washington State had no answer for the towering twins, who made most oftheir points inside.
Jason Collins added 12 rebounds.
The teams traded baskets in the closing minutes, but WSU was unable to makeup any ground.
Washington State opened aggressively and trailed just 20-18 with 8:15 leftin the first half, despite shooting just 39 percent in the half. But Jason andJarron Collins combined for 12 of Stanford's next 14 points as the Cardinalbuilt a 34-23 lead.
Washington State's Bush was fouled on a spectacular reverse lay-up and sankthe free throw to cut WSU's deficit to six points at halftime. Stanford washurt by 1-of-8 shooting from 3-point range in the first half.