Stanford's 'Big Dance' Continues!!
March 22, 2001
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Cincinnati Post-Game Press Conference
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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Stanford's 7-foot Collins twins were too much forCincinnati.
Top-seeded Stanford flexed its muscle inside to pull away in the second halfand beat the Bearcats 78-65 Thursday night in the NCAA West Regionalsemifinals.
'We worked so hard for this. It's been a long way coming for us,'Stanford's Casey Jacobsen said.
Setting a school record with its 31st victory against two losses, Stanfordadvanced to Saturday's regional final against third-seeded Maryland, a 76-66winner over 10th-seeded Georgetown.
'Thirty-one and two sounds pretty good to me,' coach Mike Montgomery said.
Jacobsen, playing 30 minutes down the freeway from his hometown of Glendora,scored a career-high 27 points and hit two 3-pointers to tie the single-seasonStanford record of 82.
Jason and Jarron Collins dominated inside with their size and strength.Jason had 15 points, eight rebounds and blocked five shots, and Jarron added 14points and seven rebounds.
'I haven't seen two big men like that all year,' said Kenny Satterfield,who led the Bearcats (25-10) with 24 points. 'They can win it all because theyplay so well together.'
The Cardinal controlled the boards 36-25 - including a whopping 31-14defensive edge - and forced Cincinnati into 39 percent field-goal shooting.
'We tried to get the ball inside,' Jason Collins said. 'We knew we had anadvantage. It's very difficult to guard us one-on-one.'
In the first half, however, Cincinnati had Stanford off-balance.
Using their quickness, the Bearcats fearlessly drove inside for basketsagainst Stanford's big men to take a 38-34 halftime lead.
The Cardinal committed 12 of their 17 turnovers in the first half and sawCincinnati close the half with a 21-10 run after trailing 24-17.
'Cincinnati was as advertised, very physical and a very good half-courtdefensive team. They disrupted us in the first half,' Montgomery said.
Ryan Mendez, who added 16 points, hit a 3-pointer to start the second halffor Stanford. Jacobsen and the Collins twins combined for Stanford's next 10points and a 47-42 lead, but the Cardinal were not yet in control.
Mendez became the 31st Stanford player to go over 1,000 career points,finishing the night with 1,014.
Cincinnati got four straight points from Leonard Stokes on a jumper anddriving basket to cut its deficit to 47-46 with 13:32 remaining.
Just when the Bearcats were poised to regain the lead, they lost one oftheir tallest defenders, 6-11 Donald Little, to his fourth foul and guard SteveLogan picked up his third. Logan finished with 11 points.
'We got in some foul trouble and we just couldn't score enough,'Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins said.
With no one stopping him inside, Jason Collins helped Stanford go on a 15-4run that broke the game open. He had five points, Mendez added six and Jacobsenscored on a wide-open layin to give the Cardinal a 62-50 lead with 7:50remaining.
'In the first half, I didn't get a lot of touches inside,' Jason said.'In the second half, we ran the same play every third time down the court andthey had trouble stopping it.'
The Bearcats missed their first six shots of the game while Stanford quicklywent inside to the Collins twins, who combined for 14 of the Cardinal's first24 points.
Jacobsen had all 10 of Stanford's final points of the half after being heldto three in the first 14 minutes. The Bearcats' press prevented Stanford fromgetting off a shot before the halftime buzzer.
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer