Stanford Cruises Past Yale, 79-56

Dec 31, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford's Josh Childress played his childhood friend to a standstill. Thanks to Justin Davis, the Cardinal took home the victory.

Davis recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds as Stanford defeated Yale 79-56 on Monday night for its fourth straight victory.

Childress added 12 points as the Cardinal (9-3) won their 44th at home outside the Pac-10 in 47 games.

Edwin Draughan scored all 12 of his points in the second half for Yale (5-3), which had its five-game winning streak stopped.

Former high school teammates in Lakewood, Calif., Childress and Draughan - both sophomores - guarded each other at times during the game. They have been friends since the sixth grade.

'He's one of my best friends and it was just like playing on the playground, just on a different court,' said Childress. 'We didn't talk to each other during the game. It was all business.'

Draughan said he thought it might be different to play against each other in college for the first time.

'It could have been weird but once we were on the court it was just another game,' he said. 'I was surprised Josh didn't say much because he usually does a lot of trash talking to me. He must be grown up.'

Yale played its first game since winning the Phoenix Classic in Hartford, Conn., 19 days ago.

The Bulldogs have yet to play at home, and have two more road games scheduled before hosting Rhode Island on Jan. 8.

Stanford has won all four meetings between the schools, with the previous meeting coming at Stanford 12 years ago.

'Yale is a capable team,' said Stanford coach Mike Montgomery. 'These guys aren't to be taken lightly. We came out with great defensive intensity and that's what sustained us.'

Draughan scored 10 points during a 13-4 Yale run early in the second half as the Bulldogs, who made five of their first six shots in the half, pulled to within 50-33 with 16:36 remaining to play.

Yale never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

'Our offense broke down early in this game,' said Yale coach James Jones. 'We got too far behind and were unable to dig ourselves out of the hole.'

Stanford outscored the Bulldogs 15-2 in the game's first five minutes as Yale missed its first four shots and turned the ball over five times. Childress hit a pair of 3-pointers during the run.

The Cardinal also went on a 20-4 run over the final nine minutes of the half and took a 41-18 lead into intermission, their largest halftime advantage of the season. It was also Yale's lowest output of any half. The Bulldogs shot 26 percent in the first half and committed 14 turnovers.

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