No. 25 Stanford Stops Oregon State

Feb 9, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State student booster section had it all wrong: Never taunt Stanford's Julius Barnes by calling him 'Juli.'

It doesn't faze him. In fact, it gets him going.

'They didn't realize that that's what the coaches call me on the floor,' Barnes said. 'It's an abbreviation.'

Barnes responded to the gibes with a career-high 33 points as No. 25 Stanford beat Oregon State 84-73 on Sunday.

Stanford (17-6, 8-3 Pac-10) has won eight of its last 10, but the Cardinal were coming off a 79-64 loss to Oregon on Thursday.

Oregon State (11-9, 4-7) has lost two straight after a four-game winning streak.

Josh Childress, ranked just behind Barnes as Stanford's scoring leader this season, added 16 points for the Cardinal. Barnes' previous best was 28 points against Rice on Nov. 24.

'I was pretty comfortable out there,' Barnes said. 'This was really a must-win for us and we were up for it.'

Philip Ricci had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers, while Jimmie Haywood added 17 points.

The Beavers closed within 63-57 on Haywood's 3-pointer with 7:35 left, but it was the closest Oregon State could come in the second half against the more proficient Cardinal, who led by as many as 18 points.

J.S. Nash, who finished with a game-high 10 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go to make it 82-73 and again the overmatched Beavers couldn't capitalize.

'You can't start wishing for things to happen, you've got to make them happen,' first-year Oregon State coach Jay John said.

Oregon State, which led 6-4 early, hung in through most of the first half, coming within 23-19 on Haywood's 3-pointer.

But Stanford pulled away with an 18-4 run - highlighted by three 3s by Barnes - that put the Cardinal ahead 41-23.

Barnes was 5-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half as Stanford took a 46-31 lead. He finished 5-for-9 from beyond the arc.

The Beavers shot 30.3 percent in the first half, and 35.4 percent for the game.

'The first half is clearly where we dug a hole,' John said. 'I don't think we did a good enough job on Julius in transition. He did exactly what he needed to do, which was set in spots to shoot the ball where he could score.'

The Cardinal shot 49.1 percent for the final game of a four-game road trip. Stanford hosts Washington and Washington State this week.

'When you are getting the ball in the hole that really helps,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. 'Forty-nine percent for the game is pretty good for us.'

Stanford has won the last eight straight against the Beavers. Oregon State hasn't won since 1999, when it upset the then-No. 6 Cardinal 59-45.

The Beavers have lost 19 straight to nationally ranked teams.

This was the first annual men's basketball homecoming game for the Beavers, who honored players from the past seven decades during halftime.

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