Third-Ranked Stanford Men's Basketball Hosts Georgia Tech

Dec. 19, 2000

Stanford Saga
The nationally-ranked Stanford basketball team, ranked third in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, plays host to Georgia Tech in the championship game of the Deutsche Banc Alex Brown Stanford Invitational on Dec. 19 at Maples Pavilion ... Tipoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. ... The Cardinal reached the championship game as All-America candidate Casey Jacobsen scored 19 points, while Jason Collins added ten points and a career-high 13 rebounds in a 94-52 decision over Sacred Heart (12/18/00) ... The consolation game will be played at 6:00 p.m. between Sacred Heart and Idaho State ... Stanford has won the last two championships of the Stanford Invitational ... Stanford is off to another strong start in 2000-01 ... Winners of seven straight games, the Cardinal started the previous three seasons in grand fashion ... Last year, the Cardinal won its first 12 games ... In 1998-99, Stanford started the year 17-2, and during the 1997-98 campaign, Stanford started the year 18-0.

Stanford Invitational
Stanford (7-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10
vs Georgia Tech (6-2 overall, 0-0 ACC)
Tuesday, December 19, 8:30 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Sacred Heart (0-8 overall, 0-4 Northeast)
vs Idaho St (2-5 overall, 0-0 Big Sky)
Tuesday, December 19, 6:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 15th season at Stanford with a record of 295-143 ... In 14 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 12 post-season appearances (8 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (14-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 449-220.

Series Story
Stanford and Georgia Tech are tied at 1-1 ... Last year, the Cardinal scored a 64-61 overtime decision in Atlanta ... Stanford hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 1:29 of overtime to earn the victory ... Stanford is 6-13 against ACC schools.

Stanford Starters (7-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Jarron Collins, 6-11, 255, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca (12.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
F - Ryan Mendez, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx (12.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
C - Jason Collins, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca (12.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg)
G - Casey Jacobsen, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca (15.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
G - Michael McDonald, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca (6.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg)

December Data
The month of December has proven to be a highly successful time of the year for the Stanford Cardinal ... Dating back to the 1994-95 season, the Cardinal is 36-2 during the month of December ... Stanford will play six games in December this year, which already includes a 86-63 victory on December 2 at Long Beach State, and a 94-52 victory over Sacred Heart (12/18/00) in the opening round of the Stanford Invitational last year.

Maples Madness
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 77-9 at Maples Pavilion, including a 32-1 record against non-league competition ... Stanford has hosted 39 consecutive soldout crowds at Maples Pavilion.

Point Parade
Stanford's point differential remains strong in 2000-01 ... Stanford is beating its opponents by an average of 31.3 points per game ... No game has been closer than 13 points.

Defensive Data
Last year, the Cardinal set an NCAA record for field goal percentage defense at .352 ... After seven games, the defensive stat is .369 ... And the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponents, 274-214.

Block Barometer
Stanford's imposing frontline players, which includes two seven-foot centers, and a 6-foot-11 forward, has already generated 29 blocks in seven games ... Three of Stanford's players, Curtis Borchardt, Jason Collins and Jarron Collins rank in the Top-10 in career blocks in the school record book ... Borchardt is seventh all-time (56), Jarron Collins is ninth (52) and Jason Collins is tenth (51) ... Borchardt leads the Pac-10 in blocks at 2.0 per game.

Trey Time
Shooting from three-point territory has remained a strength for the Cardinal thus far in 2000-01 ... Last year, the Cardinal led the Pac-10 in three-point shooting percentage at .400, and in three-point field goals made at 7.90 per game ... Stanford produced the second (David Moseley, .449), third (Casey Jacobsen, .435) and fifth-best (Ryan Mendez, .420) three-point shooters in the Pac-10 ... After seven games, the Cardinal has hit 59-of-132 three-point attempts for .447, tops in the Pac-10 ... And while Moseley has graduated, Mendez and Jacobsen are back in mid-season form, hitting .500 (#1 in the Pac-10) and .500 (#1 in the Pac-10), respectively ... And Michael McDonald is hitting 9-of-18 from three-point range, also #1 in the Pac-10.

Collins Corner
They were born eight minutes apart, and have been playing basketball since the age of six ... Jarron and Jason Collins are now in the starting lineup for the nationally-ranked Cardinal and making a major impact ... Combined they are totaling 24.1 points and 16.5 rebounds per game ... Jarron is averaging 9.1 rebounds per game, while Jason is averaging 7.4 rebounds per game ... Against UC Riverside (11/29), Jarron and Jason each produced a double-double, the second-time in their careers that has happened in the same game ... The first time was in the championship game of the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament against Iowa last year when Jason scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Jarron scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds ... Against UC Riverside, Jason tallied a career-high 19 points and eleven rebounds, while Jarron chalked up 12 points and 12 rebounds ... At Long Beach State (12/2/00) on their 22nd birthdays, Jarron and Jason combined for 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three blocks ... In that game, the twins shot 14-of-17 from the floor for 82 percent ... Together Jarron and Jason Collins have started 18 games at Stanford (eleven games last year, seven this year) and the Cardinal is 18-0 during that span.

Borchardt Bio
He missed the last eleven games of the 1999-00 season with a stress fracture in his right foot ... And then he was hampered by bone spurs in his foot that required surgery during the summer ... Thus he came back to Stanford not in the greatest shape and not expected to contribute right away ... But Curtis Borchardt (7-0, 230 pounds, Sophomore) has made a remarkable comeback even though he is not 100 percent ... Coming off the bench and averaging 18.3 minutes per game, Borchardt is averaging 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Borchardt already has 14 blocks, tops in the Pac-10 ... Last year, in 20 games he blocked 42 shots, and was well on his way to breaking the school record of 50 before he was sidelined for the last eleven games with a stress fracture in his right foot ... In 26 career games at Stanford, Borchardt has 56 blocks, eighth-best in school history.

Road Report
Stanford has enjoyed great success away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal, since the 1997-98 season, has chalked up a 30-5 record on the road, and 21-5 on a neutral court ... Stanford has beaten its opponents on the road by a margin of 12.6 points per game.

A look at the Stanford Varsity in 2000-01

#24 Julius Barnes, guard, 6-1, 180, Sophomore, Rowland Heights, Ca
Has looked impressive playing both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 16.6 minutes of play per game, and has averaged 6.7 ppg ... Scored eleven points (4-for-4 from the free throw line) against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Tallied ten points (4-fo-6 from the floor) in 20 minutes of play against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) ... Dished out a career-high five assists in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00).

#14 Tyler Besecker, forward/guard, 6-6, 205, RS Freshman, Bellevue, Wa
Has appeared in four games ... Played six minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00).

#11 Curtis Borchardt, center, 7-0, 230, Sophomore, Redmond, Wa
Shot-blocking remains his forte ... Already this year, Curtis has blocked 14 shots off the bench (18.3 minutes per game), #1 in the Pac-10 ... In only 26 career games at Stanford, Curtis has already blocked 56 shots, seventh-best in school history ... Blocked four shots against Old Dominion (11/23/00) at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Has blocked at least two shots in four games.

#31 Jarron Collins, forward, 6-11, 235, Senior, North Hollywood, Ca
All-America candidate ... A candidate for the John Wooden and Naismith Awards ... Averaging 12.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game ... Shooting a team-leading .563 percent from the floor ... Has scored in double figures in six games ... Has two double-doubles (points-rebounds) this year ... Scored a season-high 20 points (8-for-10 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and five assists at Long Beach State (12/2/00) .. Named to the all-tourney team at the Puerto Rico Shootout.

#34 Jason Collins, center, 7-0, 260, Junior, North Hollywood, Ca
A co-captain along with Ryan Mendez ... Averaging 12.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game ... Shooting a team-leading .553 from the floor (sixth-best in the Pac-10) ... Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... In three games in San Juan, scored 47 points and grabbed 27 rebounds against Old Dominion (11/23/00), Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) ... Had a 19 point, 11 rebound perfomance against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also collected a double-double (11 points, career-high 13 rebounds) against Sacred Heart (12/18/00).

#22 Justin Davis, forward, 6-8, 230, RS Freshman, Berkeley, Ca
Saw his first collegiate action against Sacred Heart (12/18/00) and responded with seven points in 14 minutes of play ... Had not seen action until game seven with a strained abdominal muscle and a sprained ankle.

#25 Tony Giovacchini, guard, 6-2, 180, Junior, Salt Lake City, Ut
Has looked solid at both the point and off-guard positions ... Averaging 16.6 minutes off the bench ... His assist-to-turnover ratio is good at 21-11.

#23 Casey Jacobsen, forward/guard, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, Glendora, Ca
An All-America candidate ... A John Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson Player of the Year candidate ... Stanford's top scorer at 15.9 ppg ... Leads the team in three-pointers with 19 ... Shooting .500 from three-point territory, tops in the Pac-10 along with teammates Ryan Mendez and Michael McDonald ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in all seven games ... Scored season-highs in points with 22 against Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) ... Named MVP at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... In three games against Old Dominion (11/23/00), Memphis (11/24/00) and Georgia (11/25/00) in San Juan, scored 60 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

#5 Teyo Johnson, forward, 6-7, 256, Freshman, San Diego, Ca
A two-sport athlete at Stanford (football and basketball), who has been a valuable frontline player off the bench ... Played a season-high 19 minutes against UC Riverside (11/29/00) and scored eleven points along with seven rebounds ... Hitting 47 percent from the floor.

#3 Kyle Logan, guard/forward, 6-5, 202, Sophomore, Hagerstown, Md
Has already played more minutes (33) this year as he did during an injury-plaqued season (25) last year ... An excellent defensive player who can also shoot (5-for-10).

#33 Matt Lottich, guard, 6-4, 190, Freshman, Winnetka, Il
Has appeared in six games and has hit 7-of-14 shots for 50 percent ... That includes 4-of-8 shots from three-point territory ... In his collegiate debut, scored ten points (4-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point territory) against San Francisco State (11/19/00).

#4 Michael McDonald, guard, 6-1, 180, Senior, Long Beach, Ca
A strong start for this Cardinal senior ... Has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 27-6 ... Has committed no more than two turnovers in any game this season ... Also looking to score more this year ... Scored a career-high 19 points (7-for-9 from the floor, 5-for-6 from three-point territory) in the season opener against San Francisco State (11/19/00) ... Shooting 50 percent from three-point range (#1 in the conference) and 49 percent overall.

#32 Ryan Mendez, Forward/Guard, 6-7, 210, Senior, Burleson, Tx
Honors Candidate ... A co-captain along with Jason Collins ... Off to a strong start in 2000-01 ... Stanford's second leading scorer at 12.4 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in four games, including a season-high 22 points (9-for-12 from the floor, 4-for-6 from three-point territory) at Long Beach State (12/2/00) ...Gained all-tournament honors at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... Shooting 55 percent from the floor, and 50 percent from three-point territory (#1 in the Pac-10) along with teammates Casey Jacobsen and Michael McDonald ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against UC Riverside (11/29/00) ... Also has dished out 20 assists, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has made 142 three-pointers in his Stanford career, sixth-best in school history ... His career three-point percentage of .434 is fourth-best all-time at Stanford ... A superb free throw shooter ... Perfect from the charity stripe (13-for-13, #1 in the Pac-10) this year, and .833 for his career, sixth-best all-time at Stanford.

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