No. 2 Stanford Beats Bears, 88-56
Feb. 17, 2001
By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. - California still can't stay with Stanford.
Casey Jacobsen scored 18 points, and Jason Collins had 13 points and eightrebounds as second-ranked Stanford beat Cal 88-56 on Saturday in the 234thmeeting between the archrivals.
The Cardinal (23-1, 11-1 Pac-10) improved the nation's best record whilebeating Cal for the ninth straight time - Stanford's longest winning streak inthe rivalry's history.
Stanford struggled to put away its opponents in recent weeks, but theCardinal silenced a hostile crowd at Haas Pavilion with methodical, efficientplay on both ends.
Jacobsen shot 7-for-11 and got seven rebounds, while Collins and his twinbrother Jarron combined for 25 points and 16 rebounds.
Stanford, which has won the last three in the matchup by a combined 109points, won its 11th straight road game and won on Cal's home court for thefourth straight time. The Cardinal beat the Bears 84-58 at Maples Pavilion lastmonth, and the rematch in Berkeley wasn't any closer.
With the win, Stanford maintained its one-game lead over UCLA in the Pac-10.Cal (17-7, 8-4) stayed in fourth place, a game ahead of Southern California.
Ryan Mendez had 12 points and seldom-used reserve Teyo Johnson had nine inthe first half for Stanford, which led by 11 points after 10 minutes, 20 athalftime and 30 with seven minutes to play.
The pounding continued in the second half, when Matt Lottich hitback-to-back 3-pointers to give Stanford a 32-point lead with two minutes left.
Cal lost at Haas Pavilion for just the second time this season. For thesecond time in four weeks, the Golden Bears appeared physically capable ofmatching Stanford but mentally unable to overcome the pressure of facing theirarchrivals.
Cal shot poorly throughout, finishing at 39 percent, and was prone tocrucial defensive lapses, particularly against the slippery Jacobsen. In areflection of Cal's nervous play, Nick Vander Laan airballed two free throwswhile missing four straight in the second half.
Sean Lampley, the Bears' leading scorer and rebounder, missed seven of hisfirst nine shots before finishing with 15 points and just three rebounds.Vander Laan had 12 points and six rebounds inside against Stanford, which foundout Saturday that backup center Curtis Borchardt is out for the year with abroken foot.
In Borchardt's absence, the Collins twins played extra minutes and Stanfordgot a lift from Johnson, a backup quarterback on Stanford's football team whohas played sporadically this season. His 3-pointer late in the first halfcapped a Stanford rally and gave the Cardinal a 15-point lead.
Many Cal students began waiting outside Haas Pavilion on Friday night forthe game, and they stayed even when a steady rain began to fall Saturday.Inside, the students jeered Stanford forward Mendez, who playfully questionedtheir intelligence earlier this week, and Mike McDonald, who accused the Bearsof excessive whining when the teams met last month.
In the second half, the roof on the 2-year-old facility began to leak, withdrips falling directly into the Cal student section.