No. 13 Cardinal Looks to Bounce Back Against Long Beach State 49ers

Dec 15, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - Coming off its first loss of the season, Stanford looks to continue itsdomination over non-conference foes as they play host to Long Beach State atMaples Pavilion on Saturday.

The 13th-ranked Cardinal (3-1) has had two weeks to think about their 83-75overtime loss to unranked Texas on Dec. 1.

Casey Jacobsen, averaging 22 points a game, shot just 3-of-17 from the fieldand was only 3-of-8 from the line, as he finished with nine points and ended astretch of 32 straight games in double figures.

'They had some quick defenders, but I've played against guys quicker thanthem,' said Jacobsen.

He added that while there was a lot of trash talking going on, it hadnothing to do with his poor performance.

'(Royal Ivey) was yapping at everybody. He's a competitor. He needed thatto get himself going,' Jacobsen said. 'But I've played too many games to letone defender get in my head. I can't say one guy talking in my ear isresponsible for me shooting 3-for-17.'

Jacobsen's woes were just part of Stanford's miserable day. The Cardinalwere hurt most by shaky free-throw shooting, making just 10-of-25 (40 percent).

'Things like this happen,' Jacobsen said. 'I know I can shoot the balland score and this team needs me to do that.'

Stanford is hoping the time off and a tremendous record against non-leaguefoes gets the program back to its winning ways.

Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 35-1 against non-league opponents,including a current 10-game winning streak.

Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery, lettered two seasons for the 49ers, andhis father Jack, served as Long Beach State's first athletic director in 1949.

The 49ers (3-5) have dropped three straight and five of six, including a86-68 loss to USC on Wednesday. Travis Reed is averaging a team-high 8.7rebounds per game to go along with his 11.6 points.

Reed had his third consecutive double-double, and his fourth of the season,in the win against the Trojans. He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Stanford has won both previous meetings between the schools.

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