No. 20 Stanford Rolls In Opener

Nov 23, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Even without preseason All-American pick Josh Childress, No. 20 Stanford had too much firepower for Sacramento State.

Justin Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Cardinal win their 16th consecutive season opener, 77-59 Saturday night over Sacramento State.

Matt Lottich added 13 points and Rob Little had 12 for the Cardinal, who shot 50 percent from the field.

'It's a nice start,' Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. 'This is what you have to do; you have to play games. We turned the ball over too much, and a lot of those were unforced errors from not reacting well to their pressure, or we didn't read each other very well.'

Jameel Pugh, a transfer from Massachusetts, scored 18 points for the Hornets, looking for their first winning season since 1988-89. They lost their third straight season opener.

'We brought him here to help elevate the program,' Hornets coach Jerome Jenkins said. 'I think he's going to be huge.'

Stanford outrebounded the Hornets 46-22.

Childress, who has a stress reaction in his left foot, missed his first college game.

'I hope I never have to do that again,' he said. 'I can't remember the last time I sat out a whole game.'

Hornets' center Tony Champion left the game with an apparent left knee injury with 11:47 to play in the first half but was able to return for the second half.

Joel Jones hit a 3-pointer with 12:25 left to play to pull the Hornets to 49-43. They stuck around a while until the Cardinal used a 13-2 run to pull away in the final eight minutes. Matt Haryasz made a pair of baskets during the run.

'Haryasz can come in and do a lot for us,' Davis said. 'He can do everything I am capable of doing, and that's a huge asset'

Sacramento State never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

'We made a run at them but they got their composure back,' Jenkins said. 'They're very disciplined and stick to the game plan. They will be more explosive with Childress on the floor.'

Stanford went on a 20-2 run midway through the first half - highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Lottich - to expand its lead to 39-19.

Sacramento State outscored the Cardinal 8-2 in the final two minutes of the half to cut the deficit to 41-27 at the break.

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