Stanford Downs St. Mary's 76-58 To Improve To 5-1

Dec 15, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Julius Barnes scored 17 points as No. 19 Stanforddefeated St. Mary's of California 76-58 Saturday night.

Josh Childress added 16 points for the Cardinal (5-1), who were playing forthe first time since losing in the championship game of the Preseason NIT 16days ago.

Justin Davis added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which won its18th straight nonconference home game, and has won 42 of 43 home games againstnonconference foes.

Frederic Adjiwanou scored 16 for the Gaels (4-3), whose two-game winningstreak was stopped. Tyler Herr added 13 points and Daniel Kickert went 5-for-5from the line and extended his consecutive free throw streak to 21 in an11-point performance.

St. Mary's, playing Stanford for the fist time in 14 years, is looking forits first winning season since its 1996-97 team went 23-8 and reached the NCAAtournament. The Gaels are Stanford's 11th oldest rivalry, dating to 1913. TheCardinal lead the series 40-15.

Point guard Chris Hernandez, sideline since breaking a bone in his left footin October, made his first appearance of the season for Stanford.

The Gaels shot just 2-for-18 from 3-point range, including 1-for-10 in thefirst half. St. Mary's missed 13 consecutive 3-point attempts before Herrconnected with five minutes left.

St. Mary's closed within 45-42 on a dunk by Adjiwanou with 13:37 left.Stanford countered with a 14-3 run, punctuated by a slam by Barnes, and theGaels never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

The Cardinal went on a 10-2 run midway through the first half to open an11-point lead. Barnes scoring five points in 25 seconds in the surge andStanford built a 37-31 lead by the break.

Stanford played its first game since forward Teyo Johnson announced hisdecision to make himself eligible for the NFL draft and withdrew from school.Three players have now left the Cardinal program early, something which neverhappened before last year.

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