Slighted Cardinal Seek Desert Sweep At Arizona State
March 1, 2002
Tempe, AZ - Casey Jacobsen has taken some lumps this season, but he and Stanford havestill found a way to win.
The 17th-ranked Cardinal will try to complete a road sweep of Arizonaopponents Saturday as they conclude the regular season against Pac-10 rivalArizona State.
Coming off home losses to UCLA and Southern California last week, there wastalk of Stanford (18-8, 11-6) possibly being on the bubble for the NCAAtournament.
But that was before Jacobsen, who played the second half after getting a cutover his right eye that required five stitches, and center Curtis Borchardtsilenced some skeptics in a 76-71 victory at No. 14 Arizona on Thursday.
'Everybody is talking about us being in the NIT, and I didn't buy that fora minute.' said Jacobsen, who shot only 2-of-6 from the field and finishedwith six points. 'And I actually find that insulting. We are a much morequality basketball team than that.'
Borchardt picked up the offensive slack for Jacobsen, who leads the Pac-10in scoring at 22 points per game, by scoring 28 points, including hitting sixcrucial free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the game. The 7-foot centeralso pulled down nine rebounds, keying Stanford's 25-11 rebounding advantage inthe second half.
The Cardinal could be seeded anywhere from second to sixth in next week'sPac-10 tournament in Los Angeles.
Arizona State (14-12, 7-10) is locked into seventh place in the Pac-10 andwill play the second seed in the first round of the tournament.
The Sun Devils played well for 30 minutes against No. 21 California onThursday but were on the short end of a 91-80 defeat.
Tommy Smith had a season-high 22 points while Chad Prewitt - playing despitetorn ligaments in his elbow - added 17 of his 19 in the second half for the SunDevils, who held a 59-53 lead with 9:43 to play before faltering.
Stanford has won eight straight against Arizona State, including six in arow at Tempe, Ariz., to take a 27-24 lead in the all-time series. Jacobsencarried the Cardinal to a 90-81 victory on Jan. 31, scoring a career-high 49points.