Stanford Advances In Preseason NIT With 61-57 Victory Over BU

Nov 18, 2002

Stanford, Calif. (AP) - Josh Childress scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Stanford defeated Boston University, 61-57, in an opening round game of the Preseason NIT Monday night.

Justin Davis added 10 points and 13 rebounds as the Cardinal (1-0) improvedto 60-6 in home openers.

Billy Collins scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Boston (0-1),which fell to 2-6 against Pac-10 teams.

Stanford hosts No. 11 Xavier, an 87-48 winner over St. Peter's, in asecond-round game on Wednesday night with the winner advancing to thesemifinals at Madison Square Garden.

Matt Lottich added 12 points for the Cardinal, and Ryan Butt had 12 for theTerriers.

Stanford, which had junior All-Americans Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardtdeclare early for the NBA, was unranked in the initial top 25 poll, the firsttime its missed out in 94 weeks -- which was the second longest streak to Duke.

After Boston scored the first five points of the second half, the Cardinalwent on a 17-4 run to pull ahead 36-32 with 12:23 remaining to play.

The lead was short-lived as Boston regained the advantage in two minutes andthe contest settled into a seesaw battle in which neither team seemed able tocontrol until the closing minutes.

The Cardinal went on a 16-6 run to finally grab the lead for good at 54-46with just over two minutes left.

The Terriers, favored to win the America East Conference, was making theirsecond appearance in the Preseason NIT, losing to Connecticut in the firstround of the 1997 event.

Stanford, picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10, made its third appearancein the tourney, reaching the championship game in 1998 before losing to NorthCarolina.

Boston took advantage of an early Stanford cold streak to take a 12-3 leadmidway through the first half.

The Cardinal missed 11 of their first 12 shots in the first 10 minutes, andwasn't much better the rest of the half but still managed to pull within 23-29by halftime.

After making four of its first eight shots, Boston made just four of itsnext 15 to allow Stanford to rally.

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