No. 13 Men's Basketball Cruises Past Portland State, 87-63

Dec 19, 2001

Associated Press Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - Casey Jacobsen provided plenty of offense, but it was surprise starter Julius Barnes who sparked No. 13 Stanford.

Jacobsen, selected as the tournament MVP, scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half as Stanford defeated Portland State 87-63 Wednesday night to win the Stanford Invitational for the seventh consecutive year and 14 of 19 overall.

Barnes, a junior, added a career-high 16 points after learning just before tipoff he would get the first start of his career.

'It's been a long time coming,' he said. 'Starting gives you a lot of confidence. I think it means more to us than the coach, but what really matters is we won.'

Anthony Lackey scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Vikings (4-6), who lost for the third time in four games. Jeb Ivey added 17.

The Vikings stayed with Stanford through the first six minutes of the second half, trailing 42-39 after Seamus Boxley made a fast-break layup.

The Cardinal scored the next 13 points, though, to pull away. Jacobsen's slam capped the rally. Stanford led by as many as 25.

'Casey had a great floor game for us,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. 'He helped us with his penetration and his rebounding.'

Chris Borchardt, who finished with 11 points, hit a layup with 4:57 left in the first half to give the Cardinal a 28-18 lead, but Portland State outscored Stanford 10-4 the rest of the way to draw within 32-28 at halftime. Lackey scored 17 of his points to keep the Vikings close.

'They're definitely a Top 10 team, but we didn't look at them as Stanford the great,' Lackey said. 'It was just another game, just another team and we had confidence we could beat them.'

Montgomery changed his starting lineup for the first time in two years. Barnes replaced Josh Childress, who was just the second freshman to start his first collegiate game - Brevin Knight was the first - under Montgomery.

'I felt Barnes had earned a start and we needed a change of pace,' Montgomery said. 'Whoever is in the starting lineup is not significant to me. Josh played at a new position and I kind of liked what I saw there.'

Childress, who averages 11.8 points a game, missed his first seven shots in Saturday's game against Long Beach State, then went 2-for-8 from the floor against Belmont on Tuesday.

The move worked early as Barnes hit four of his first seven shots to lead the Cardinal in the first 20 minutes.

Childress proved to be a spark, scoring 12 points as a reserve.

'I'm OK with it,' Childress said. 'Julius came out and drilled a couple of long shots early to get us going.'

The Vikings last played a ranked team on Dec. 30, 1997, losing at No. 2 Duke, 89-39. Portland State has never beaten a team in the Top 25.

'I appreciate quality basketball,' Portland State coach Joel Sobotka said. 'I liked the way Stanford shared the ball. They were very unselfish. Casey was patient. When he moves back, it's tough to defend him.'

Stanford and Portland State met for the first time ever. The Vikings are 2-30 against Pac-10 teams.

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