No. 13 Stanford Storms Past UNLV
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Justin Davis scored a season-high 21 points andunbeaten and 13th-ranked Stanford snapped UNLV's four-game winning streak,defeating the Runnin' Rebels 86-71 on Saturday.
Davis, three points shy of his career high, and Rob Little dominated thepaint in only the third meeting between the schools and Stanford's first homegame since beating Sacramento State on Nov. 22.
Davis, a senior forward, received a warm ovation when he left the game with1:52 remaining. He also had 10 rebounds, three assists, no turnovers and onlyone foul in arguably the most effective game of his career.
Little added eight points and five rebounds and Matt Lottich had 17 pointsand six assists for the scrappy Cardinal (5-0), who held a 38-18 reboundingedge.
Romel Beck had 17 points and J.K. Edwards added 12 for the Runnin' Rebels(5-2), whose only other loss was 74-62 to Nevada on Nov. 24.
Stanford was sharp in its first game since a 64-58 win over then-No. 1Kansas at last weekend's John Wooden Classic. The Cardinal shot 56.6 percentand outhustled UNLV to loose balls.
After UNLV pulled within 10 midway through the second half, Stanford got alift from reserve forward Matt Haryasz with eight straight points in a 10-2run. Haryasz, a sophomore, finished with a career-high 10 points in 13 minutes- but did most of his scoring in a 3ï¿½-minute span.
The Cardinal's pressure man-to-man defense led to steals, transition basketsand poor passes by the Rebels - the same defense that flustered Kansas. TheJayhawks, who dropped to No. 5 in this week's poll after the loss, shot 36.7percent to Stanford's 32.7 percent.
Stanford used quick ball movement to pound it inside and got consecutiveeasy hoops from Davis and Little to go ahead 34-23 with 4:11 left in the firsthalf. Davis' three-point play 2:54 before halftime gave Stanford a 15-pointlead.
UNLV ended the first half with three straight 3-pointers to pull within44-35.
Stanford played without sophomore point guard and leading scorer ChrisHernandez, who has been bothered by back spasms. Jason Haas started in hisplace and shot an airball from 3-point range early in the first half butoverall was effective running the show. He finished with six points and fiveassists.
Josh Childress, a junior forward and the team's top returning scorer fromlast season, has a stress reaction in his left foot and hasn't played yet thisseason. He's expected back by early January, when the Pac-10 season begins.