New-Look Stanford to Take On Southern Utah In Home Opener

Nov 19, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford may have lost four starters from last year's squad that spent muchof the season ranked No. 1, but the Cardinal are still out to prove they're oneof the country's elite teams.

They'll play host to Southern Utah in their home opener on Tuesday.

On Saturday, the 13th-ranked Cardinal (1-0) downed New Mexico 81-66 to openthe season. Junior swingman Casey Jacobsen, the only returning starter fromlast season's 31-3 team, led the way with 17 points.

However, he did not do it all alone. With New Mexico double-teaming Jacobsenmuch of the night, the rest of the Stanford lineup pitched in, as all fivestarters scored in double figures.

'With the performance that my supporting cast gave me tonight, I'll seeless double-teams because they're going to pay for it,' Jacobsen said afterthe game. 'They knocked down shots consistently tonight.'

It may not be the same Stanford team that reached the round of eight in theNCAA tournament last season, but it's still a Stanford team that will be toughto beat.

Junior 7-foot center Curtis Borchardt scored 17 points and pulled down 11rebounds against the Lobos. Guard Tony Giovacchini scored 13 points, forwardJosh Childress 12 and forward Justin Davis 10.

'This is a big stepping stone to where we want to be,' said Jacobsen, whoearned first team All-America honors last season. 'We didn't know how good weare and we still don't. But at least we know we can beat a quality team likeNew Mexico.'

Stanford coach Mike Montgomery was pleased with his team's performance,especially with the way the Cardinal battled back after falling behind 20-12 inthe first half.

'I thought it was great, but we've got to be a whole lot better team interms of our execution,' he said.

They'll get a chance to work on that execution when Southern Utah (1-0)comes to Maples Pavilion.

The Thunderbirds, who finished 25-6 last year, opened their season on Fridaywith an 86-69 win over Division II Fort Lewis. Senior forward Dan Beus, theteam's leading returning scorer with 10.9 points per game last year, ledSouthern Utah with 18 points.

The Thunderbirds won the Mid-Continent Conference title last season and fellto Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Stanford and Southern Utah have met just once before, with the Cardinalwinning an 89-71 contest during the 1991-92 season.