Stanford Hosts ASU In Regular Season Finale
March 9, 2001
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, Pac-10 champions fora third straight season and ranked first in both the Associated Pressand USA Today/ESPN polls, will close its home season for 2000-01 whenit Arizona State (3/10/01, 1:00 p.m.) in the home season finale ... ACardinal victory over Arizona State would give the Cardinal thePac-10 title outright and the league's automatic berth in the NCAATournament ... The last time Stanford won back-to-back-to-backconference crowns was from the 1935-36 to 1937-38 seasons ... Duringthat era, Stanford was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference ...The season home finale against Arizona State on Saturday (3/10/01)will also mark the final home game for Cardinal seniors JarronCollins, Michael McDonald and Ryan Mendez.
Stanford (27-2 overall, 15-2 Pac-10) vs Arizona State (13-14 overall, 5-11 Pac-10)Saturday, March 10, 2001, 1:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,391)
'Stanford has a lot more confidence and is more on a mission this season.They have such energy and execution. If you don't match that,they're just going to wear you down.'
Oregon head coach Ernie Kent
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 315-145 ... In 14 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 12 post-season appearances (8 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (14-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 469-222 ... Montgomery is 18-11 vs Arizona State, including a 10-4 record at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford holds a 25-24 edge over Arizona State ... Stanford has won the last six games against the Sun Devils, including a 94-77 decision earlier this year (1/4/01) in Tempe ... All five Cardinal starters scored in double figures, led by All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen with 23 points ... Alton Mason scored 30 points for ASU, the most points scored by a Stanford opposing player this year ... Stanford shot .558 from the floor.
'Stanford is as complete a basketball team as there is in the country.When I look at their team I see size, athleticism, quickness,outside shooting, depth and great coaching. There's a reason they're #1.'New Mexico head coach Fran Fraschilla
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 85-11 (51-10 vs Pac-10 schools, 34-1 vs non-league opponents) ... This year (13 home games), Stanford has beaten its opponents by an average of 22.3 points per game (13 games, +290 points) ... The Maples Pavilion record is 27.3 points per game set last year in 14 home games ... Stanford has hosted 49 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.
'Stanford's got everything it takes to be successful, at home,on the road, in the NCAA tournament, wherever. I think they have a great chance to win the national title. I don't know how to defend them.'
Washington State head coach Paul Graham
Saturday's home game against Arizona State (3/10/01) will also mark the final home appearance for three outstanding Stanford seniors, Jarron Collins, Michael McDonald and Ryan Mendez ... All three players will be remembered for their hard work, dedication, and for their efforts to maintain Stanford's status as one of the nation's best collegiate basketball programs ... All three players have played a total of 357 games in a Stanford uniform and have helped lead the Cardinal to three NCAA tournament appearances, and a fourth appearance in 2000-01 ... Jarron has played in 124 games at Stanford (fourth-best in school history), and is one of 12 players in school history to score at least 1,000 points and grab 600 or more rebounds ... Jarron is ranked in the Top-10 in three categories (games played, career field goal percentage, career blocks) and is only 23 rebounds short of reaching the Top-10 in career rebounds ... McDonald is enjoying his finest season on The Farm, and will be remembered as one of the best point-guards in school history ... McDonald is ahead of the school record for assist-to-turnover ratio, and his three-point field goal percentage (.500) is third-best for a single season in school history ... McDonald is currently sixth all-time in assists (375) and tenth in career three-point field goal percentage (.393) ... Mendez, a co-captain, is also enjoying his best season at Stanford this year, and he will not only be remembered as one of Stanford's all-time best three-point shooters, but also one of the school's all-time best free throw shooters ... Mendez is #3 all-time in free throw percentage at .867, and is well ahead of the school record for single free throw percentage at .946 ... Mendez is third all-time in three-pointers made (171), fourth all-time in three-point attempts (407) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.420) ... During their tenure at Stanford, Jarron and McDonald have helped Stanford chalk up a 110-18 record, three Pac-10 titles, three trips to the NCAA Tournament, and a trip to the 1998 Final Four ... Mendez has helped Stanford to a 110-20 record, three conference titles, three trips to the NCAA's, and a journey to the 1998 Final Four.
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 40-5 record (45 games, +583 points) on the road, and 23-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 13.0 points per game during that time ... In eleven games on the road (eleven games, +172 points) this year, the Cardinal has won by an average of 15.6 points per game ... And also during that time, Stanford is shooting .532 on enemy territory, while scoring 82.1 ppg ... Stanford is the first team to go undefeated on the road in league play (9-0) since Oregon State turned the feat during the 1980-81 season.
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 18.8 points per game, #1 in the Pac-10 and #2 in the nation ... Stanford has won 13 games by 20 or more points.
'If anybody is going to beat Stanford, they're going to have to play ahell of a game, shoot about 100 percent from the field andnot turn the ball over. I mean that sincerely.'
Washington State head coach Paul Graham
Twenty-nine times these five players have started, and 27 times the Cardinal has won ... The Cardinal starting five of Casey Jacobsen, Jarron Collins, Ryan Mendez, Jason Collins and Michael McDonald has helped Stanford attain a #1 national ranking ... Combined, they are shooting .533 (636-of-1,193) from the floor, and .454 (174-of-383) from three-point territory ... Four starters are averaging in double-figures.
After 29 games, Cardinal shooting is doing just fine ... The Cardinal has hit .513 from the floor (#1 in the nation), including 17 games in which Stanford hit 50 percent or better ... In the last seven games, Stanford has hit 208-of-375 shots for .555 ... Stanford has not shot this well from the floor for the season since the 1988-89 season when the Cardinal ended the year at .522.
Shooting from three-point territory has remained a strength for the Cardinal thus far in 2000-01 ... Last year, the Cardinal led the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage at .400, and in three-point field goals made at 7.90 per game ... Stanford produced the second (David Moseley, .449), third (Casey Jacobsen, .435) and fifth-best (Ryan Mendez, .420) three-point shooters in the Pac-10 ... After 29 games this year, the Cardinal has hit 215-of-511 three-point attempts for .421, #1 in the Pac-10 and #3 in the nation ... And while Moseley has graduated, Jacobsen and Mendez are back in top form, hitting .456 (#2 in the Pac-10) and .398 (#10 in the Pac-10), respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 46-of-92 from three-point range, good for .500, tops in the Pac-10.
'You watch so much tape on Stanford, but you get a different perspectivewhen you see them in person, and I think it really heightenshow good they really are.'
Washington head coach Bob Bender
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After 29 games this year, the defensive stat is .420, #2 in the Pac-10 ... Only six opponents this year have shot 50 percent or better from the floor ... From three-point territory, Stanford is allowing the opponent only a shooting percentage of .324, #4 in the Pac-10.
'This year is Mike Montgomery's most complete team.Offensively, they have no weaknesses.They are a nightmare for coaches to prepare for.'
Oregon State head coachRitchie McKay
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 84 blocks in 29 games ... Three of Stanford's players, Jason Collins, Curtis Borchardt and Jarron Collins rank in the Top-10 in career blocks in the school record book ... Jason Collins is fourth (77), Borchardt is sixth (61) and Jarron Collins is eighth (60).
Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery is a finalist for the Naismith College Basketball Coach of the Year ... Montgomery was the 2000 Naismith Coach of the Year ... Montgomery is also one of ten finalists for the College Insider.Com National Coach of the Year ... Casey Jacobsen has been named second team All-America by ESPN.com ... Jarron Collins, Jason Collins and Jacobsen have been named to the five-team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All District-14 first team ... Jarron and Jacobsen are two of 20 finalists for the John Wooden Award ... Jacobsen has been named to the ten-member CollegeInsider.com All-America team.
Since the 1983-84 season, Stanford has employed eight starting point-guards, including four-year starter Brevin Knight (1993-97), and three-year starters Terry Taylor (1985-89) and Keith Ramee (1982-86) ... Michael McDonald is in his second season as a Cardinal starter and he ranks among the Cardinal's best in terms of effectively running a team. Below is how McDonald compares to Stanford's seven other starting point-guards since the 1983-84 season.
A look at the Stanford Varsity in 2000-01
#24 Julius Barnes, Guard, 6-1, 180, Sophomore, Rowland Heights, Ca
Has looked impressive playing both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 14.3 minutes of play per game, and is averaging 4.3 ppg ... Has played double-digits in minutes played off the bench in 22 of 29 games ... Played perhaps his best game of the season against then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Playing the point-guard position, scored nine points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked a shot in 17 minutes ... Helped upstart the Cardinal against Oregon State (1/11/01) with a career-high 15 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 3-for-5 from three-point territory) in 23 minutes ... Scored eleven points (4-for-4 from the free throw line) against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Chalked up ten points against Fordham (12/29/00) in the opening round of the Cable Car Classic ... Tallied ten points (4-fo-6 from the floor) in 20 minutes of play against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) ... Dished out a season-high five assists in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00).
#14 Tyler Besecker, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 205, RS Freshman, Bellevue, Wa
Has appeared in five games ... Played six minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00).
#11 Curtis Borchardt, Center, 7-0, 230, Sophomore, Redmond, Wa
Out for the remainder of the season with a stress fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot ... It is the second straight year that he has been bothered by a bad foot ... Underwent surgery (3/6/01) where two screws were implanted into his navicular bone to help stabilize the area ... Hopes to begin playing again by June ... Had blocked 19 shots off the bench (16.5 minutes per game) ... In only 37 career games at Stanford, Curtis has already blocked 61 shots, sixth-best in school history ... Blocked four shots against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Blocked at least two shots in four games ... Blocked at least one shot in 12 games ... Scored in double-figures in four games, including a season-high 14 points in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Shot .534 from the floor, and had hit 16-of-21 shots for .762 in his last six games.
#31 Jarron Collins, Forward, 6-11, 255, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca
All-America candidate ... One of 15 finalists for Naismith Player of the Year ... Also one of 20 candidates for the John Wooden Award ... Named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All District-14 first team ... Averaging 12.9 points (#18 in the Pac-10) and 6.8 rebounds per game (has grabbed ten or more rebounds in five games) ... Eleventh in the Pac-10 in rebounding ... Shooting .574 from the floor, fifth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 60 percent or better in 14 games ... In his last six games, has hit 31-of-52 shots for .596 ... Has scored in double figures in 23 games ... Has three double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year ... Named MVP at the Cable Car Classic ... In the championship game against Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored a career-high 25 points (7-for-11 from the floor, 10-for-11 from the free throw line) along with seven rebounds ... Tallied a team-high 22 points along with nine rebounds at Arizona (1/6/01) ... Scored 20 points (8-for-10 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and five assists at Long Beach State (12/2/00) ... Named to the all-tourney team at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week (along with twin brother Jason) by scoring 38 points (13-of-21 from the floor, 11-of-13 from the free throw line), grabbing 18 rebounds, and blocking three shots in wins at Arizona State (1/4/01) and Arizona (1/6/01) ... One of 12 players in school history to score at least 1,000 points (1,008 points) and grab 600 or more rebounds (669) ... Ranked in the Top-10 in three categories (games played, career field goal percentage, career blocks) and is only 23 rebounds short of reaching the Top-10 in career rebounds.
#34 Jason Collins, Center, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca
An All Pac-10 candidate ... Named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All District-14 first team ... A co-captain along with Ryan Mendez ... Averaging 14.1 points (#11 in the Pac-10) and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game (#4 in the Pac-10) ... Shooting a team-leading .633 from the floor (#1 in the Pac-10) ... Has shot 60 percent or better in 16 games ... Has shot 50 percent or better in 27 of 29 games ... For his career, shooting a school record setting .619 ... In his last seven games, has hit 52-of-71 shots for .732 percent ... In his last eleven games, averaging 17.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, and shooting .703 (71-for-101 from the floor ... Shooting .524 from three-point territory (11-for-21) ... In the last four games, has hit 7-of-9 (.778) three-pointers ... In his last eight games, has 18 steals ... Enjoyed his best game in a Cardinal uniform with career-high in points (33, 13-of-14 from the floor, 4-for-5 from three-point territory), assists (5) and steals (4) against Washington (2/24/01) ... His 13-of-14 shots from the floor against the Huskies was the third-best shooting effort in school history ... His 33 points against Washington was the most for a Stanford player since the 1997-98 season when Kris Weems scored 34 points against Oregon ... Has collected eight double-doubles (points-rebounds) ... That included 25 points and 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of play against Oregon (1/13/01) ... Collected 19 points and 12 rebounds at Arizona (1/6/01) ... Scored 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor) and grabbed eleven rebounds at Oregon (2/8/01) ... Tallied ten points, a career-high 15 rebounds, and two blocks in Stanford's 84-83 victory over then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Had a 19-point, 11-rebound perfomance against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds at Washington State (1/27/01) ... Also collected a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) against Sacred Heart (12/18/00), and 16 points and eleven rebounds against Georgia Tech (12/19/00) ... Named Most Valuable Player at the Stanford Invitational ... In two games against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and Georgia Tech (12/19/00), scored 26 points (8-for-13 from the floor, 10-for-11 from the free throw line), grabbed 24 rebounds, and blocked two shots ... Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... In three games in San Juan, scored 47 points and grabbed 27 rebounds against Old Dominion (11/23/00), Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) ... Named Pac-10 Co-Player of the Week (along with his twin brother Jarron) for his efforts at Arizona State and Arizona ... In the two games in Tempe and Tucson, scored 34 points (9-for-16 from the floor, 16-of-17 from the free throw line), grabbed 16 rebounds, stole three passes and blocked two shots.
They were born eight minutes apart, and have been playing basketball since the age of six ... Jarron and Jason Collins are now in the starting lineup for the nationally-ranked Cardinal and making a major impact ... Together Jarron and Jason Collins have started 40 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, 29 this year) and the Cardinal is 38-2 during that span ... Combined they are totaling 27.0 points and 14.7 rebounds per game ... Jason is averaging a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game (#4 in the Pac-10), while Jarron is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game (#11 in the Pac-10) ... Against UC Riverside (11/29), Jarron and Jason each produced a double-double, the second-time in their careers that has happened in the same game ... The first time was in the championship game of the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament against Iowa last year when Jason scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Jarron scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds ... Against UC Riverside, Jason tallied 19 points and eleven rebounds, while Jarron chalked up 12 points and 12 rebounds ... At Long Beach State (12/2/00) on their 22nd birthdays, Jarron and Jason combined for 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocks ... In that game, the twins shot 14-of-17 from the floor for 82 percent ... In Stanford's 85-76 victory at Arizona (1/6/01), Jarron and Jason combined for 41 points and 21 rebounds ... In the 71-61 victory at Washington State (1/25/01), Jarron and Jason combined for 36 points (16-of-22 from the floor) and 17 rebounds ... In the 85-79 victory at UCLA (3/3/01), Jarron and Jason combined for 32 points (13-for-20 from the floor) and 19 rebounds.
'The Collins twins really understand the game and they play it well. They seal, they pass, they handle the ball. There aren't any weaknesses.'
California head coach Ben Braun
#22 Justin Davis, Forward, 6-8, 230, RS Freshman, Berkeley, Ca
Establishing himself as one of Stanford's key players off the bench (12.5 mpg) ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in 14 games ... Against Oregon (1/13/01), collected a career-high ten rebounds along with seven points, three steals, a block and an assist in 20 minutes of play ... Collected eight points (4-for-5 from the floor) and six rebounds in 16 minutes of play at California (2/17/01) ... Saw his first collegiate action against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and responded with seven points in 14 minutes of play ... Tallied 19 minutes against Fordham (12/29/00) at the Cable Car Classic and responded with nine points and nine rebounds ... In a career-high 21 minutes, tallied eight points, three rebounds, and two blocks against UCLA (2/3/01) ... In his last 14 games, has hit 61 percent (25-of-41) from the floor ... Overall, hitting .536 from the floor ... Missed the first six games of the season with a strained abdominal muscle and a sprained ankle.
#25 Tony Giovacchini, Guard, 6-2, 180, Junior, Salt Lake City, Ut
Has looked solid at both the point and off-guard positions ... Scored a season-high seven points against Memphis (11/24/00) ... Tallied a career-high eight assists at California (2/17/01) ... Averaging 12.9 minutes off the bench ... Has played double-digit minutes in 25 of the team's 29 games.
#23 Casey Jacobsen, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca
An All-America candidate who is putting up All-America-type numbers ... One of 15 finalists for Naismith Player of the Year ... Also a John Wooden, and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year candidate ... A Pac-10 Player of the Year Candidate ... Named a second team All-America by ESPN.com ... Named to the ten-member CollegeInsider.com All-America team ... Named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All District-14 team for a second straight season ... Stanford's top scorer at 17.9 ppg, third-best in the Pac-10 ... Has led the team in scoring in 18 games, and has scored in double-figures in 28 games ... Leads the team in three-pointers with 72 ... Shooting .456 from three-point territory, second-best in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better from three-point territory in 15 games ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 28 games ... Overall, shooting .501 from the floor ... In the last eight games, has hit 55-of-98 shots for .561 ... Tied his career-high with 26 points against then top-ranked Duke (12/21/00) ... Named Fox Sports National Player of the Week for his winning basket with 3.6 seconds against the then top-ranked Blue Devils (12/21/00) ... Chalked up 23 points in the Pac-10 season opener at Arizona State (1/4/01) ... Scored 22 points against Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) ... Named MVP at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... In three games against Old Dominion (11/23/00), Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) in San Juan, scored 60 points and grabbed 13 rebounds ... Named to the all-tourney team at the Stanford Invitational with 38 points in games against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and Georgia Tech (12/19/00) ... Also named to the all-tournament team at the Cable Car Classic ... In two games against Fordham (12/29/00) and Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored 37 points, grabbed eight rebounds and six assists ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in helping scoring wins at USC (3/1/01) and UCLA (3/3/01) ... In the two games against the Trojans and Bruins, Jacobsen averaged 19 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists, enabling Stanford to clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title.
#5 Teyo Johnson, Forward, 6-7, 256, Freshman, San Diego, Ca
A two-sport athlete at Stanford (football and basketball), who has been a valuable frontline player off the bench ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in six of the last seven games ... Played a season-high 19 minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00) and scored eleven points along with seven rebounds ... Scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 16 minutes of play at California (2/17/01) ... His two three-pointers in the second half helped key Stanford to victory (82-63) at Oregon State (2/10/01) ... Hitting .519 from the floor ... In the last eight games, has hit 15-of-26 shots for .577.
#3 Kyle Logan, Guard/Forward, 6-5, 202, Sophomore, Hagerstown, Md
Has already played more minutes (70) this year as he did during an injury-plaqued season (25) last year ... Scored a career-high six points along with three rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes of play at Washington (1/25/01) ... An excellent defensive player.
#33 Matt Lottich, Guard, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Winnetka, Il
Has appeared in 23 games and has hit 19-of-41 shots for 46 percent ... In his collegiate debut, scored ten points (4-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point territory) against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Scored eight points against Fordham (12/29/00) at the Cable Car Classic.
#4 Michael McDonald, Guard, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca
A strong season for this Cardinal senior ... An All Pac-10 first team candidate ... McDonald's assist-to-turnover ratio is eye-catching ... The senior point-guard, in his second season as a starter, leads the Pac-10 in that category at 147-to-44 ... In five games, McDonald had no turnovers, and in eleven games he had only one turnover ... Averaging 5.1 assists per game, third-best in the Pac-10 ... And his shooting percentage is up ... Entering this season, McDonald's career field goal percentage was .329 and his three-point percentage stood at .317 ... Thus far during the 2000-01 season, McDonald has hit .491 from the floor, and .500 from three-point territory, tops in thePac-10 ... Also looking to score more this year ... Scored a career-high 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor, 5-for-6 from three-point territory) in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Scored 18 points (six three-pointers) against USC(2/1/01) ... Collected 15 points (3-for-4 from three-point territory) against UCLA (2/3/01) ... Scored 14 points (5-for-6 from the floor), along with seven assists and five rebounds in 26 minutes at Arizona State (1/4/01) ... Tallied 14 points (5-for-6 from the floor, 4-for-5 from three-point territory) along with a career-high nine assists, and five rebounds at Washington (1/25/01) ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Cable Car Classic ... In wins over Fordham (12/29/00) and Santa Clara (12/30/00), scored 15 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed eleven rebounds.
#32 Ryan Mendez, Forward/Guard, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx
Honors Candidate ... A co-captain along with Jason Collins ... Enjoying his best season at Stanford ... Known as an outstanding shooter from three-point range ... But the Cardinal coaches have praised his play not only from three-point territory, but also for his rebounding, passing, and overall team play ... Stanford's fourth leading scorer at 10.9 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in 15 games, including a season-high 22 points (9-for-12 from the floor, 4-for-6 from three-point territory) at Long Beach State (12/2/00) ... Tallied 20 points (7-for-9 from the free throw line) at Arizona (1/6/01) ... Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Also gained all-tournament honors at the Stanford Invitational ... Shooting .468 percent from the floor, and .398 percent from three-point territory (#10 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 24 of the team's 29 games ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also has dished out 58 assists, fourth-best on the Cardinal ... Has made 171 three-pointers in his Stanford career, third-best in school history ... His career three-point percentage of .420 is sixth-best all-time at Stanford ... A superb free throw shooter ... Has made 70-of-74 free throw attempts this year for .946 (#1 in the Pac-10, and ahead of the school record) and .866 for his career, third-best all-time at Stanford ... Hit six straight free throws in the final 33 seconds to seal a 69-62 victory over the Oregon Ducks (2/8/01) in Eugene ... Has hit his last 41 free throw attempts over the last 12 games, tying the school and Pac-10 record (for all games) originally set by Todd Lichti during the 1988-89 season and this year by USC's David Bluthenthal ... Mendez has hit 38 consecutive free throws in league games, four short of the Pac-10 record for conference games set by Bluthenthal of USC this year.