No. 17 Stanford Downs ASU In Close Contest, 81-76

March 2, 2002

By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. - Casey Jacobsen had 29 points and Curtis Borchardt had 19points and 17 rebounds as No. 17 Stanford finished the regular season with aroad sweep, beating Arizona State 81-76 Saturday night.

Julius Barnes scored 16 points for the Cardinal (19-8, 12-6 Pac-10), who wontheir second straight and sixth in eight. Stanford snapped a two-game skid bybeating No. 14 Arizona 76-71 on Thursday night.

Jacobsen had 19 points in the second half of the Cardinal's ninthconsecutive win over the Sun Devils (14-13, 7-11).

Chad Prewitt had 14 of his 18 points in the second half for Arizona State,which finished the regular season by facing five ranked teams in a row, themost in school history. The Sun Devils were 1-4 during the stretch, beatingonly UCLA on Feb. 16.

Curtis Millage and Awvee Storey each scored 15 points, while Tommy Smith had12.

Arizona State made up a five-point deficit early the second half, taking a47-46 lead on two free throws by Smith with 12:47 left.

But Joe Kirchofer scored on a putback for the Cardinal 49 seconds later,Arizona State's James Braxton missed a free throw and Jacobsen made two at theother end with 11:37 to play, opening a 50-47 lead that Stanford held until theend.

It was the start of a 12-point splurge over the next 4{ minutes by Jacobsen,who capped it with a 3-pointer that gave the Cardinal a 64-55 lead with 7:07remaining.

In the final minutes, Arizona State pulled within 67-65 on a 3-pointer byKenny Crandall, who spent most of the game on the bench with a sore right foot.

But Josh Childress made a key follow shot with 1:45 to go, and Stanford made12 of 14 free throws over the final 2:41.

The Sun Devils led most of the first half, but never by double digits.

They took a 26-18 lead on two free throws by Millage with 5:34 remaining.

But Jacobsen had seven points and Barnes made two 3-pointers as the Cardinaloutscored Arizona State 19-6 for a 37-32 halftime lead.

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