Cardinal Pulls Away Late, Beats Oregon State 82-63

Feb. 10, 2001

AP Sports Writer

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jason Collins scored 21 points as No. 2 Stanfordstruggled for the second straight game but pulled away to beat Oregon State82-63 on Saturday night.

Stanford (22-1, 10-1 Pac-10) led 58-54 with 9:48 left, but went on a 19-4run to put away the overmatched Beavers (8-15, 2-9).

The Cardinal hit four straight 3-pointers - one by Michael McDonald, two byTeyo Johnson and the last by Casey Jacobsen - during the run. A breakaway slamby Collins ended the spurt and gave Stanford a 77-58 lead with 3:33 to go.

Jimmie Haywood scored a career-high 20 points to lead Oregon State, whichhad just seven players because of injuries and suspensions. Starting pointguard Deaundra Tanner served the second of a two-game punishment for violatingunspecified team rules.

Jacobsen and Mendez each added 18 points for Stanford, which was coming offa narrow 69-62 win at Oregon on Thursday night, in which the Cardinal trailedby seven with just over six minutes left.

With its trip through Oregon, Stanford failed to make the kind of statementit was looking for after suffering its first loss of the season a week earlieragainst UCLA. But the Cardinal did shoot 60 percent and had a big edge at thefree-throw line for the second straight game.

After making just 21 of 37 against Oregon, Stanford was 14-of-20. OregonState got to the line just five times, making three free throws. Oregon wasjust 3-of-7.

Haywood had just five points at halftime, but scored 10 of the Beavers'first 16 of the second half. His 3-pointer brought Oregon State within 51-50with 12 1/2 minutes to go, but the Beavers didn't get that close again.

Both teams picked their moments in the first half, turning the ball overjust five times and passing the ball until a man came open. Stanford shot 59percent in the first 20 minutes. But the Beavers, who pushed Cal to overtimebefore losing 72-69 loss Thursday night, were right there at 58 percent.

Stanford won by 24 points when the teams first met on Jan. 8, but theCardinal trailed 8-1 after the first eight minutes. This time scoring wasn't aproblem for the Cardinal, but defense was.

Trailing 13-5, Oregon State made four 3-pointers in the next 4 1/2 minutes andgot within 23-22. The Cardinal then ran off 10 straight points before OregonState answered with a 12-4 run.

Mendez, who had 11 points in the half, made two free throws to give Stanforda 39-34 halftime lead.

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