Stanford Opens CBI With 96-76 Win Over Boise State; Plays At Wichita State Monday

March 18, 2009

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    STANFORD, Calif.- Jeremy Green scored 19 points to lead three players in double-figures, helping lift Stanford past Boise State 96-76 in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) on Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion.

    Making its 16th straight appearance in the postseason, Stanford (19-13, 6-12 Pac-10) was playing for the first time in the second-year CBI, a single-elimination, 16-team field that features a best-of-three championship series. The Cardinal looked every bit like a postseason regular, as evidenced by the program's 28-19 record in 21 previous postseason appearances (16 NCAA Tournament, 5 NIT).

    Next up for the Cardinal is a quarterfinal matchup at Wichita State on Monday, Mar. 23. The Shockers defeated Buffalo 84-73 on Monday night and will host for the second straight round.

    Lawrence Hill added 18 points on 8-12 shooting while Landry Fields contributed 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Hill and Fields, along with Green, paced a solid offensive attack that resulted in 53.5 percent shooting and 20 assists on 38 buckets.

    Sticking with a season trend, Stanford was able to use the three-point basket to its advantage on offense and defense. The Cardinal made 8-21 attempts while the Broncos were just 5-22. Boise State held a 34-33 edge in the rebounding department but Stanford racked up 13 steals.

    Boise State (19-13, 9-7 WAC) was led by Kurt Cunningham's 25 points on 11-16 shooting.

    This one was in control by halftime, as Stanford raced out to a 51-31 lead at intermission. Stanford's lead hit double-digits at 18-7 just five minutes into the game following a lay-up from Fields. The Cardinal closed out the first half on 22-9 run.

    Stanford continued to pour it on in the second half, taking its largest lead of 27 points at the 5:29 mark following a two-handed jam by Anthony Goods.

    NOTES

  • Stanford will travel to Wichita State for a quarterfinal matchup in the Midwest Regional on Monday, Mar. 23. The time of that game has yet to be determined. The winner advances to face the winner of UTEP-Northeastern in the semifinals.
  • Stanford improves to 14-4 at home and is now 30-5 in its last 35 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the start of last year.
  • Stanford's 96 points represented the program's best-ever point total in a postseason game. The Cardinal's top output in an NCAA Tournament game was a 90-83 win over St. Joseph's on Mar. 17, 2001, while the highest scoring total in an NIT game came during a 93-86 victory over Houston on Mar. 13, 1991.
  • Stanford is now 12-0 this year against non-conference opponents and remains one of seven teams in NCAA Division I competition that carries an unbeaten record against non-league foes.
  • Stanford has scored 90 points on three different occasions this year and is 3-0 in those games.
  • Jeremy Green led the Cardinal with 19 points, scoring in double-figures for the seventh time this year.
  • Stanford dished out 20 assists while committing only 12 turnovers while Boise State handed out 18 assists and was forced into 22 turnovers.
  • The Cardinal racked up 13 assists and has now totaled 23 over the last two games combined.
  • Drew Shiller added a season-best eight points off the bench, knocking down a pair of three-pointers in the process.
  • Stanford poured in 51 first-half points, marking the sixth time this year the Cardinal has reached the half-century mark in scoring over the first 20 minutes.
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