Barnes Scores 28 To Lead Stanford Over Rice 79-62

Nov 24, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Julius Barnes scored a career-high 28 points - mostly on 3-pointers - as Stanforddefeated Rice 79-62 on Sunday night.

'Coach got on me at halftime and told me I was dribbling too much,' saidBarnes. 'We learned a lot in the second half about ball rotation and we gotsome clean open shots that we sank.'

Matt Lottich also found his rhythm from long range and added a career-high22 points as Stanford (3-0) won its 17th straight nonconference game at homedating to 1999.

'I think you're going to see a lot more from us like that this season,'Barnes said.

Michael Harris recorded his 14th career double-double with 14 points and 10rebounds as Rice (1-1) lost in its first trip to Stanford in seven years.Omar-Seli Mance added 15 points.

Stanford has won all seven meetings with Rice dating to 1942. The last timethey met was in 1995.

Mike Montgomery recorded his first victory as a Stanford coach against Ricein 1986. Willis Wilson served as an assistant coach at Stanford before he washired by Rice in 1992.

In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Cardinal already have avictory over No. 11 Xavier and will meet No. 8 Florida on Wednesday in thePreseason NIT in New York.

'We're rebuilding and we're reloading,' said Barnes. 'We lost some keypeople from last year but we've got a lot of talent on this team as it is. Allwe want to do is get better each game and we are. This year is a differentfeeling because there's no pressure on us; not as many high expectations.'

Getting spectacular shooting from long range, Stanford finally pulled awayfrom the Owls with a 17-0 run in the second half. The Cardinal raced to a 72-53lead with 6:44 remaining to play and Barnes and Lottich were unstoppable.

'We hung around with them until that one stretch,' said Wilson. 'Stanfordgot the key buckets and broke our spirit there for a little while.'

Barnes tied a school record as he made eight 3-pointers in 11 attempts.Lottich was 6-of-10 from long range. The pair teamed up for four 3-pointersduring Stanford's streak. The Cardinal made 14 3-pointers, one from the schoolmark.

'We keep improving each game,' said Montgomery. 'I knew the offense wouldcome around eventually. The second half proved we can be explosive.'

Neither team could establish much dominance in the first half. The Cardinalnever led by more than five and Rice's biggest lead was three as the leadchanged hands 12 times, and was tied five other times, in the first 20 minutes.

'Every punch we gave them they gave back to us,' said Mance. 'Those wereknockout buckets by Barnes and Lottich. They were impressive.'

Both teams had better success from long range during the first half.Stanford made 46 percent (6-of-13) from beyond the arc - with Lottich andBarnes combining for a 6-of-11 performance - and 38 percent overall (14-of-37)while the Owls were 6-of-12 (50 percent) from long range as compared to14-of-30 (47 percent) overall.

Josh Childress scored on a driving layup with 41 seconds left to giveStanford a 40-39 lead at halftime.

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