No. 1 Stanford Rips New Mexico, 75-44
Jan. 20, 2001
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - New Mexico's strong start wasn't nearly enough tofinish top-ranked Stanford.
Stanford (17-0) is the nation's only unbeaten Division I team, after No. 9Georgetown's 70-66 loss to Pittsburgh earlier Saturday. The Cardinal can equalthe 1997-98 team's school-record winning streak - also the school's top startto a season - with a victory at Washington on Thursday.
In the first meeting between the schools since the 1974-75 season, NewMexico (12-3) was palpably excited to face the nation's No. 1 team. The Lobosplayed the game's first 10 minutes with fire and recklessness, and held a 24-23lead with less than nine minutes left in the first half.
That's when Stanford put on the defensive clamps. The Cardinal closed thefirst half on a 23-3 run and allowed the Lobos just one field goal in the final9:24 before halftime. Mendez, Jacobsen and 7-foot reserve center CurtisBorchardt hit 3-pointers as Stanford shot 56 percent in the first half andturned a competitive game into a laugher with impressive speed.
The Cardinal held New Mexico to 32 percent shooting, including 24 percent(7-of-29) in the second half. The Lobos were 1-of-12 on 3-pointers.
Stanford could have attacked the smallish Lobos with height, but toweringtwins Jason and Jarron Collins were used sparingly and combined for just 15points and 11 rebounds. Instead, the Cardinal beat New Mexico at its own game -perimeter defensive pressure and proficient outside shooting.
Mendez, the Cardinal's senior swingman starter, was back on his game afterbattling the flu and scoring a total of just 15 points in Stanford's last threecontests. He hit two early 3-pointers and matched Jacobsen with 11 points byhalftime.
Stanford coach Mike Montgomery removed all of his starters midway throughthe second half, but the Cardinal's reserves steadily increased the lead.Borchardt had seven of Stanford's 25 points from reserves.
Ruben Douglas had 12 points to lead the Lobos, who lost for just the secondtime in 13 games. Leading scorer Eric Chatfield got into early foul trouble andhad just 11 points, nearly eight below his average.
While his team played frenetic basketball in the opening minutes, New Mexicocoach Fran Fraschilla worked the sideline with equal fervor, screaming afterany remotely questionable call. He even tripped and fell to his knees as he ranto make yet another protest in the first half.
But the Lobos quickly lost their edge. Senior Wayland White missed sixstraight free throws at one point, prompting the Stanford student section tochant, 'Foul No. 4!' - White's uniform number.
Stanford improved to 34-1 against non-conference opponents at MaplesPavilion since the 1994-95 season. New Mexico, which beat then-No. 2 Arizona inTucson last season, fell to 1-2 in games against No. 1 teams.
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