Revamped Cardinal Begin Season Against Lobos

Nov 16, 2001

Casey Jacobsen returns to Stanford to begin his second season as a starter.He'll have to get used to four new players sharing the floor with him attipoff.

The No. 13 Cardinal will look to Jacobsen to help them overcome the loss ofseveral prominent players as they open the season against New Mexico at The Piton Saturday.

Stanford lost Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Michael McDonald and RyanMendez from their starting lineup. Those players helped Stanford go 31-3 andadvance to the NCAA tournament round of eight last season.

'It's an interesting change because you don't know how good your playersare until you don't have them anymore,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said.'We have to be patient with this team. It's difficult because we don't havepeople who know all the different parts of the game like we did a year ago.'

Jacobsen returns after making the All-America team last season. The 6-foot-6guard averaged 18.1 points per game and shot 51 percent from the field and 47percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Stanford will have its mettle tested right away, as The Pit in Albuquerque,N.M., is one of the toughest places in the nation for opposing teams to play.The Lobos have won 81 percent of their games there in the building's 35-yearexistence.

'We'll find something out pretty quickly,' Montgomery said.

New Mexico, which went 21-13 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NITlast season, returns its top three scorers. Guard Ruben Douglas averaged 16.3points last season and looks primed to lead the Lobos again. The guard averaged19 points in two preseason games.

Guards Eric Chatfield and Marlon Parmer averaged 12.9 and 11.6 points pergame, respectively, last season.

New Mexico, though, will be without forward Alvin Broussard, who left theteam because he wasn't happy with the amount of playing time coach FranFraschilla was going to give him.

The 6-foot-6 Broussard averaged 9.3 minutes, 1.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in34 games as a freshman.

Stanford and New Mexico have split their only two meetings. Jacobsen had 14points as the Cardinal defeated the Lobos 75-44 on Jan. 25 at Stanford.

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