No. 12 Stanford Steamrolls Washington, 91-65
Feb 14, 2002
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Casey Jacobsen just wants to help Stanford separate itselffrom the rest of the Pacific-10.
The No. 12 Cardinal are in the middle of a tight conference race with twoweeks to go, tied with four other teams for second place - only a half-gamebehind Arizona.
'All we need is every single win,' Jacobsen said. 'We just needed to beatWashington.'
Stanford did it behind another brilliant outing from Jacobsen, who scored 31points in a 91-65 victory over the struggling Huskies on Thursday night. TheCardinal (16-6, 9-4) visit last-place Washington State on Saturday.
Jacobsen has topped the 40-point mark twice this month, getting 49 againstArizona State - one point off the school record - and 41 against Oregon twogames later.
'Casey is the best shooting guard in the country,' teammate CurtisBorchardt said.
This time, Jacobsen outshined Washington sophomore Doug Wrenn, the Pac-10'sNo. 2 scorer. Wrenn 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,adding 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 theonly 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 wantto get to his status one day so I can get some of those calls (from thereferees).'
This game was a far cry from Stanford's 105-60 rout of Washington on Jan. 19at Maples Pavilion, the Huskies' third-worst defeat in school history.
Washington began the second half with an 8-3 spurt to pull to 45-41 with16:05 left before Stanford responded with an 11-2 run. Washington never gotcloser than 10 points again.
'We lacked energy, particularly early in the game,' Stanford coach MikeMontgomery said. 'We had a chance to go up by a lot but we didn't get it donebecause we missed a lot of easy shots.'
The Cardinal shot 43.8 percent (28-of-64) and made eight of 18 attempts from3-point range.
Borchardt, a 7-foot, 240-pound center from nearby Redmond, Wash., added 15points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for Stanford, but he was held without afield goal for a stretch of nearly 30 minutes.
'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 backto bite us.'
Washington is in ninth place in the Pac-10 and must move up a spot toqualify for the conference tournament. Coach Bob Bender's job security isuncertain as the team has a chance for its third consecutive 20-loss season.
Borchardt and Jacobsen scored Stanford's first 15 points, and the Cardinalheld 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 11-0lead on the boards. The Cardinal finished with a 48-32 rebounding advantage andhad outrebounded the Huskies 19-2 midway through the first half. Stanford led42-33 at halftime after Washington finished the half with an 11-6 run.
'I thought Curtis was a dominant force inside,' Montgomery said. 'Theywent small, which created some tough matchups for us, but I think it allowed usto rebound better.'
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