Dec. 21, 1999
By DENNIS GEORGATOS
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. - Stanford's basketball program was in existence 85 years before attaining its first No. 1 ranking. Now that the Cardinal have it, they'd like to hold on to it for a while.
They passed the first test Tuesday night as David Moseley scored 22 points and Jarron Collins had 16 in Stanford's 76-56 victory over Mississippi State in the opener of the Pete Newell Challenge.
"We wanted to show people that our ranking was warranted," Moseley said. "And we've only had it for two days. We want to keep it longer than that."
It was the first time in their history the Cardinal (9-0) played with the No. 1 ranking, which they assumed Monday after a weekend upset of previously top-ranked Cincinnati. The highest previous ranking for Stanford was No. 2, a position it held last week.
"It's nice to be recognized nationally," Jarron Collins said. "We take pride in that. It's a tremendous achievement but to us, it's just playing basketball. We enjoy doing it and we enjoy the competition. We feel we are very talented but we still have a lot to work on."
Ryan Mendez added 14 points and Jason Collins had 10 for Stanford, which held the Bulldogs (7-3) to 31 percent shooting while converting 49 percent of its shots. The Cardinal also blocked a school-record 12 shots, including four by Curtis Borchardt and three by Jason Collins.
"We have people adept at timing and blocking shots," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "With Jason, we always felt he was capable of doing this and Curtis has those long arms and great timing."
Tang Hamilton had 12 points to lead the Bulldogs, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Antonio Jackson added 10.
"We were beaten by a very good Stanford team," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "Their size and strength wore us down. We got in some foul trouble and they hit some 3s. We've got to take some positive things from this game. For 25 minutes, we played some quality minutes. I thought our kids were working hard and gutting it out. We had trouble scoring over those big kids."
Mississippi State outrebounded Stanford 43-31 but had little to show for it.
"That's a deceiving stat," Stansbury said. "We had a lot of rebounds smacked back at us. They had 12 blocked shots and they came right back at us. So we got a rebound. That was thoughtful of them."
Up by six at halftime, the Cardinal took control with a 15-0 run that swelled the lead to 57-37 with 11:36 remaining.
After Marckell Patterson's 3-pointer narrowed the deficit to 42-37, Moseley and Mendez hit successive 3-pointers and Jarron Collins scored seven straight points, including a three-point play and a layup off a fast break started by a blocked shot. Casey Jacobsen finished the flurry with a twisting layup.
Robert Jackson ended Mississippi State's 5:09 scoring drought when he made two free throws but the damage was done as Stanford maintained a double-digit cushion the rest of the way.
Moseley went 6-for-7 from the field, including three 3-pointers in the first half, when Stanford took a 38-32 lead.
The Cardinal led by as many as nine points in the early going but Jackson hit two 3-pointers around two free throws by Moseley and Tyrus Boswell had a breakaway dunk off a steal, pulling the Bulldogs to 32-30 with 1:02 left in the first half.
Moseley made his third 3-pointer of the period and offset a layup by Quentin Smith by dishing off to Mendez for another 3-pointer for Stanford.