The Cardinal Improve To 16-5 With 58-57 Win Over ASU

Feb 1, 2003

Tempe, Ariz. - Josh Childress got the last of his 21 points on a putback with 40 seconds left as Stanford continued its mastery of Arizona State with a 58-57 win Saturday.

Matt Lottich added 15 points for Stanford (16-5, 7-2 Pac-10), which beatArizona 82-77 two days before and is 6-0 on its road trips to Arizona the last three years.

The Cardinal have won 10 straight over the Sun Devils (13-7, 5-4), includingeight in Tempe.

Arizona State freshman Ike Diogu had 16 points and a season-high 14rebounds, and Curtis Millage scored 15 points before fouling on on agame-turning call with 42 seconds to go.

A referee assessed an offensive foul on Millage, sending Rob Little to theline at the other end. Little missed the free throw, but Childress, who had 10rebounds, put it back to send the Cardinal ahead for the final time.

In the last 10 seconds, Arizona State's Donnell Knight and Kenny Crandallmissed jumpers, and Nick Robinson got the second rebound for Stanford.

Robinson was fouled and missed, but Jamal Hill's 30-footer on a play thatbegan with 1.3 seconds to go was wide.

There were six lead changes in the final 5:05, and Millage delivered the SunDevils' last two leads - with a 3-pointer with 3:19 left for 54-53, and athree-point play with 1:23 remaining for 57-56.

Diogu, who had his second straight double-double, had six of Arizona State'snine unanswered points in the first 3:55 of the second half, sending the SunDevils ahead 33-26 with a reverse layup after his first shot was blocked.

Lottich sank a 3-pointer, Childress scored seven points in 1:33 and Littlemade a putback to get Stanford within 39-38 with 12:08 to go.

Kenny Crandall's three free throws 17 seconds later and a basket by Dioguopened a 44-38 lead with 11:22 remaining. But Justin Davis made five points totie it at 47 with 6:02 left.

The Cardinal committed three turnovers in the first 2:24, and Arizona Statetook a 12-4 lead on a dunk by Tommy Smith with 13:58 left in the first half.But Stanford turned the momentum with a 15-3 run, going up 19-15 on a 3-pointerby Josh Childress with 7:47 left.

The Sun Devils tied it at 24, but Nick Robinson made a layuup with 37seconds left to keep Stanford ahead at halftime.

By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer

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