No. 2 Stanford Still Perfect With Win Over Beavers
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - While it kept Stanford's perfect season intact,Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery was not at all pleased with the victory overOregon State.
Second-ranked Stanford shot just 39 percent, was outrebounded and hit onlyfour of 18 3-point attempts but managed to eke out a 62-48 victory over theBeavers on Thursday night.
'I didn't think we were all that great,' Montgomery said. 'We struggledoffensively. We didn't shoot very well and we didn't execute very well.'
Stanford (17-0, 8-0 Pacific-10) and No. 3 St. Joseph's are the onlyundefeated teams in Division I. St. Joseph's plays next at Temple on Saturday,while the Cardinal face Oregon in Eugene.
'I won't know until Saturday what we need to do to get better,' Montgomerysaid. 'My thought right now is that we need to do everything better.
Josh Childress scored 17 points to help Stanford beat the Beavers for theninth straight time and fifth in a row at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers (8-10, 2-6) have lost four straight. They were led by ChrisStephens with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. David Lucas added 15 pointsand eight rebounds.
The Cardinal trailed by as many as seven points in the first half and weredown by two shortly after the break. But Childress hit a 3-pointer and sparkeda 12-0 run capped by Matt Haryasz's tip-in to make it 41-31.
Stanford extended the lead to 50-37 on Haryasz's layup and went on to leadby as many as 15.
'I don't think they particularly played great offensively, they missed someshots that maybe they've made in the past. They didn't shoot a great percentageand we actually outrebounded them,' Oregon State coach Jay John said. 'But achampionship-caliber team can withstand those things.'
Haryasz had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench and was the onlyStanford scorer in double figures beside Childress. All of Stanford's starterswere averaging in double figures going into the game.
Stanford forward Justin Davis played only one minute in the second halfafter coming down hard on another player's foot and hurting his left knee. Theinjury was not considered serious, and Davis could play Saturday at Oregon, theteam said.
Davis, who had eight points in 15 total minutes, was averaging 11.8 pointsand 7.1 going into the game.
The Beavers took an early 12-6 lead on Stephens' 3-pointer and extended itto 17-10 on another Stephens' 3.
But the Cardinal went ahead 21-19 on Davis' layup and closed off the firsthalf by outscoring the Beavers 19-6 for a 29-23 halftime lead.
All of Stephens' nine points in the first half were on 3-pointers.
Stephens hit another one to pull the Beavers within 29-26 early in thesecond half before David Lucas' jumper made it 29-28.
Stephens' next 3-pointer made it 31-29 for Oregon State.
Stanford was outrebounded 38-31 by the Beavers, the only team to beat theCardinal on the boards this season. Eight times this season Stanford has held adouble-digit margin in rebounds.
The Cardinal had never won five straight in the 54-year history of GillColiseum.