No. 12 Men's Basketball Defeats Washington Huskies 91-65

Feb 14, 2002

Seattle, WA - Casey Jacobsen talked little about himself or Washington's Doug Wrenn, the player chasing the Stanford star for the Pac-10 scoring title.

'I could care less about the points he scored when all we need is every single win,' Jacobsen said. 'We just needed to beat Washington.'

The 12th-ranked Cardinal did it behind another brilliant outing from Jacobsen, who scored 31 points in a 91-65 victory over the struggling Huskies on Thursday night.

Jacobsen has topped the 40-point mark twice this month, getting 49 against Arizona State - one point off the school record - and 41 against Oregon two games later.

This time, he outshined Wrenn, who had 24 points on 9-of-23 shooting.

Jacobsen was 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 9-of-10 from the free throw line and added three rebounds and two assists.

'I always take these matchups as a personal challenge, as does he,' Jacobsen said.

Wrenn, who had scored 30 or more points in four of his last five games, finished with 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. He was the only player in double figures in points or rebounds for Washington (8-16, 2-12), which has lost five straight and eight of nine.

'He's a great player, an All-American,' Wrenn said of Jacobsen. 'I want to get to his status one day so I can get some of those calls (from the referees).'

This game was a far cry from Stanford's 105-60 rout of Washington on Jan. 19 at Maples Pavilion, the Huskies' third-worst defeat in school history.

Washington began the second half with an 8-3 spurt to pull within 45-41 with 16:05 left before Stanford (16-6, 9-4) responded with an 11-2 run. Washington never came closer than 10 points again.

'We lacked energy, particularly early in the game,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. 'We had a chance to go up by a lot but we didn't get it done because we missed a lot of easy shots.'

The Cardinal shot 43.8 percent (28-of-64), including 41.4 percent in the second half, and made 8-of-18 3-pointers.

Curtis Borchardt, a 7-foot, 240-pound center from nearby Redmond, Wash., added 15 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for Stanford, but he was held without a field goal from four minutes into the game until about six minutes were left.

'We kind of let up at the start of the second half,' Borchardt said. 'Against a better team or in a closer game, that type of letup could come back to bite us.'

Washington is in ninth place in the Pac-10 and must move up a spot and pass Oregon State to qualify for the conference tournament. Coach Bob Bender's job security is uncertain as the team has a chance for its third consecutive 20-loss season.

Borchardt and Jacobsen scored Stanford's first 15 points and the Cardinal held the Huskies without a rebound until Wrenn pulled one down at 13:17.

Stanford got many second and third opportunities on offense and took an 11-0 lead on the boards. The Cardinal finished with a 48-32 rebounding advantage and had outrebounded the Huskies 19-2 midway through the first half. Stanford led 42-33 at halftime after Washington finished the half with an 11-6 run.

'We never looked like we were even going to have the chance for a rebound on our end,' Bender said. 'What they did giving themselves second chances certainly was a big factor.'


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