No. 3 Stanford Cruises into NCAA Tournament Second Round

March 20, 2008

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kenny Brown scored 18 points and third-seeded Stanford earned its first NCAA tournament win since 2004, routing Cornell 77-53 Thursday.

The Cardinal came into the tournament eager to shed a reputation for early round failures. They lost opening games the last two years, including a 20-point blowout to Louisville a year ago, and went out in the second round from 2002-04.

Now Stanford (27-7) moves on to a second-round South Region game against No. 6 seed Marquette, a 74-66 winner over Kentucky.

Lewis Dale, the Ivy League player of the year, scored 12 points, Adam Gore 11 and Alex Tyler 10 for 14th-seeded Cornell.

The Big Red (22-6) had their 16-game winning streak snapped and never looked like the team that averaged 77.1 points during a 14-0 run through the Ivy League schedule. The league hasn't won an NCAA tournament game since 1998, when Princeton beat UNLV in the opening round.

The game's first 10 minutes were close, with Cornell down by just three points despite starting out 3-of-15 from the field.

Then Stanford took over and it got ugly fast.

The Cardinal outscored Cornell 43-11 over both halves for a 58-23 lead. Robin Lopez and Taj Finger alternately scored six straight each at the start of the second half, then Brown hit two 3-pointers.

Cornell was only reliable at the free-throw line, hitting 9-of-13. The Big Red had one more field goal (18) than fouls (17) and got throttled on the boards, 47-25. Lawrence Hill had 10 rebounds for the Cardinal.

Robin Lopez, one of Stanford's twin 7-footers, finished with 14 points and Finger 10 for the Cardinal, which had lost three of its last five coming in. They shot 55 percent from the floor and outscored the Big Red 44-16 in the paint.

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