No. 1 Stanford Outlasts Pesky Cougars, 75-64
Feb. 22, 2001
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Casey Jacobsen scored 21 points as No. 1 Stanfordovercame an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Washington State 75-64Thursday night.
Stanford (24-1, 12-1 Pac-10), which returned to No. 1 this week after NorthCarolina lost to Clemson, also got 13 points and six rebounds from JarronCollins.
Washington State (11-13, 4-10) was without top scorer Mike Bush, whosprained his ankle in practice Tuesday. Jerry McNair made up for it, scoring 29points for the scrappy Cougars, who came out fast but faded down the stretch.
Trailing 33-25 at the half, the Cardinal were booed by the home crowd atMaples Pavilion. But they were re-energized to open the second, quickly closingthe gap to 35-34 on Ryan Mendez's jumper with 17:24 left.
Stanford took a 37-35 lead on Jason Collins' layup and foul shot. McNairbriefly tied it for Washington State before Stanford started to pull away.
The Cardinal built a 55-45 lead on Justin Davis' jumper with 8:58 left, butthe determined Cougars still fought back, coming as close as 58-56 on McNair's3-pointer. Mendez answered with a 3-pointer for Stanford and it never got thatclose again.
Washington State took a 20-12 lead midway through the first half on DavidAdams' jumper, capping a 10-0 run. Stanford did not score for nearly fiveminutes during the stretch.
The Cardinal closed to within 20-18 on Jacobsen's running layup, but theCougars outhustled their top-ranked opponent in the final minutes, ultimatelygoing up 33-25 on McNair's 3-pointer with 31 seconds left in the first half.
With five games left, Stanford is atop the Pac-10 conference, but UCLA andArizona are keeping the race for the title tight. The Cardinal are seekingtheir third-straight conference championship - something they haven't donesince 1936-38 with the Pacific Coast Conference.
Stanford's only loss this season came against UCLA, which trails theCardinal by one game. Stanford plays the Bruins again next week in Los Angeles.
The Cardinal were well rested, having played just one game over the past 12days. They beat local rival California 88-56 last Saturday.
The Cougars have never beaten a No. 1 team.