ASU Falls To No. 18 Stanford, 90-81

Jan 31, 2002

Associated Press Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - Casey Jacobsen turned in one of the finestperformances ever by a Stanford player, scoring 49 points as the 18th-rankedCardinal beat Arizona State 90-81 on Thursday night.

Julian Barnes added 18 points for Stanford (13-5, 6-3), one of two Pac-10teams unbeaten at home this season, while Curtis Borchardt had 10 points and 11rebounds.

Jacobsen scored 31 points in the second half, and was 14-of-22 overall fromthe field. Only Hank Luisetti - with 50 points against Duquesne in 1937 - hasscored more in a Stanford uniform.

Jacobsen's effort was the most ever by a player at Maples Pavilion, and thefirst time a Cardinal reached 40 points in a game since Ron Tomsic did itduring the 1954-55 season. The former Maples mark was held by Arizona's DamonStoudamire with 45.

Jacobsen entered the game with a 21.3 scoring average against the SunDevils, his best against any opponent.

Chad Prewitt scored 18 points to lead Arizona State (11-8, 4-6), which lostits third in four games. The Sun Devils lost their eighth straight to Stanfordand for the 12th time in 13 games. Curtis Millage added 14 points.

The Sun Devils led by nine points early in the second half after Tommy Smith- who finished with 12 points - hit a jumper, but Stanford began to rallybehind the torrid shooting of Jacobsen. The Cardinal shot 67 percent in thesecond half.

Borchardt completed a three-point play with 9:36 remaining to tie the gameat 62 and Jacobsen hit an NBA 3-pointer less than 30 seconds later to put theCardinal in front for good.

Arizona State, playing its fourth straight ranked opponent, flirted with itssecond consecutive upset. The Sun Devils have been idle since beating then-No.10 Arizona on Jan. 23.

Prewitt hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 15-2 run that gave the SunDevils a 31-27 lead with 5:29 left in the first half. Arizona State, which lostfor just the second time in 13 games when leading at halftime, eventuallyextended its lead to 44-39 at the break.

Stanford, which used one starting lineup for all 34 games last season, usedits fourth combination this season on Thursday when Teyo Johnson made his firststart of the year. Johnson, a receiver on the football team, became the firstCardinal to start a game in football and basketball the same school year sinceJohn Paye in 1986.

Johnson replaced Justin Davis, who started the first 17 games. Davis, 1-of-6from the foul line against the Sun Devils, is a 43 percent free throw shooter.He is shooting 63 percent from the field.

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