No. 17 Stanford Defeats UNLV Runnin' Rebel 77-66
Dec 22, 2002
Las Vegas, NV - Stanford coach Mike Montgomery earned his 500th career winas the No. 17 Cardinal used a 20-6 run to break a second-half tie and defeatUNLV 77-66 at the Las Vegas Showdown on Saturday night.
Montgomery, who is in his 25th season and 17th at Stanford (7-3), now has acareer record of 500-235.
Stanford held a 38-28 lead at halftime, but UNLV (6-2) opened the secondhalf with a 13-5 run to tie the game at 43 with 14:35 left. Twenty-one secondslater, Justin Davis scored on a 3-point play to start the deciding run.
Davis finished 21 points and 16 rebounds, both career highs. Josh Childressalso had 21 points and added 11 rebounds.
Marcus Banks led UNLV with 27 points, five assists and five steals, whileJ.K. Edwards had 19 points and seven rebounds. The Rebels were out-rebounded54-27.
The Cardinal eventually built 67-51 lead, matching their largest lead of thegame, with 6:36 left.
Montgomery, who coached his first eight seasons at Montana, is the 61stDivision I coach to earn at least 500 wins.
He is the third Division I coach this season to reach the mark followingAuburn's Cliff Ellis and Navy's Don DeVoe.
'I remember going to coaches conventions when I was younger, and how coaches would talk about how it was a big deal to win 500 games,' said Montgomery. 'It is significant. It's all about the players and I have been able to coach a lot of quality kids. I'm really proud of the team's effort tonight. The team played in a tough environment here at UNLV.'
With the 77-66 victory over UNLV, Stanford now is 7-3 ... The Cardinal will enjoy a holiday break before facing Gonzaga on Dec. 28 at the Pete Newell Challenge at the Arena in Oakland Arena ... Stanford now is 6-1 against teams with winning records this year ... With 21 points and 16 rebounds, Justin Davis has now recorded five double-doubles in 2002-03.