Stanford Downs Cal, 84-58
Jan. 17, 2001
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Although the gap is closing, top-ranked Stanfordstill has it all over archrival California.
The Cardinal (16-0, 5-0 Pac-10) weren't really threatened while beating theGolden Bears for a school-record eighth straight time, but the rivalry isn'tnearly as one-sided as it was in recent years.
Cal (11-5, 3-2), which lost for just the second time in 12 games, stayedwith the Cardinal until the second half, when Jacobsen's outside bombs and theinside play of twins Jarron and Jason Collins became too much.
Jason Collins had 15 points for the Cardinal, who put the game away with a16-2 run that gave them a 26-point lead midway through the second half. Still,Solomon Hughes led a late 14-6 Cal run that forced Stanford coach MikeMontgomery to re-insert his starters in the final minutes.
Brian Wethers had 18 points and Sean Lampley added 14 for the Bears, wholooked nothing like the team that lost 101-50 to the Cardinal last season atMaples Pavilion - Stanford's biggest win in the rivalry's history.
Stanford moved within two victories of matching the best start in schoolhistory and won its third straight since taking over the nation's top ranking.The Cardinal and No. 9 Georgetown (16-0) are the only remaining undefeatedDivision I teams.
Stanford's normally staid home court had plenty of energy for the 233rdmeeting between the Bay area rivals. Cal's band was crammed into the back rowsof one corner of the small gym, and Stanford students paraded the Axe - won bythe Cardinal in the schools' annual football matchup - during the first half.
The teams were caught up in the intensity as well. The officials calledneedless technical fouls on Jarron Collins and Cal's Dennis Gates after the twocollided and exchanged harsh words in the first half, and Ryan Mendez exchangedshoves with Joe Shipp moments later.
The always-entertaining Stanford student body was in top form, ragging Calwith chants of 'NIT!' and 'Cal needs Marsha!' moments after a woman namedMarsha made three straight 3-pointers to win $1,000 in a school promotion.
Both teams play host to non-conference opponents on Saturday. New Mexicovisits Stanford, while South Florida goes to Berkeley.