Dec 1, 2001
By RICK GANO
AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO - Royal Ivey's long reach, large hands and running commentary all helped him play tough defense against Stanford's Casey Jacobsen.
"He was getting frustrated because I got in his head and because I was talking to him," Ivey said Saturday after Texas beat Jacobsen and No. 11 Stanford 83-75 in overtime.
"I was like, 'Come on, you've got to show me you're an All-American' to get into his head," Ivey said.
"I just wouldn't let him get open. I was on his tail the whole game. Toward the end of the game, he got tired and it showed. I was talking to him on the line, all throughout the game."
Jacobsen, averaging 22 points, shot just 3-of-17 from the field and was only 3-of-8 from the line, finishing with nine points and ending a stretch of 32 straight games in double figures.
"They had some quick defenders, but I've played against guys quicker than them," said Jacobsen, admitting his frustration, but quickly pointing out that the trash talking had nothing to do with his poor performance.
Ivey "was yapping at everybody. He's a competitor. He needed that to get himself going," Jacobsen said. "But I've played too many games to let one defender get in my head. I can't say one guy talking in my ear is responsible for me shooting 3-for-17."
Chris Owens led Texas with 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots. He scored eight of his points in overtime.
"I think I just relaxed, stayed aggressive and let the game come to me more today," Owens said. "I knew it would come. It was a matter of time."
Texas freshman T.J. Ford had 11 rebounds and 12 assists, and Ivey added a career-high 18 points in the first game of the Dell Classic 4Kids.
It was the 6-foot-3 Ivey's defense that stood out.
"Royal is a guy we've got a lot of confidence in. He's a little deceptive," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "He's got a 6-9 reach and big hands. He's one of the most competitive players I've been around."
Jacobsen's woes were just part of Stanford's miserable day. The Cardinal (3-1) were hurt most by shaky free throw shooting, making just 10-of-25.
"Things like this happen," Jacobsen said. "I know I can shoot the ball and score and this team needs me to do that."
After Owens missed a layup, he was fouled on the rebound, missed the first free throw and hit the second to tie it.
Barnes then missed a jumper, Ford came out of a scramble with the rebound, raced up court and missed a desperation shot, forcing overtime.
The Longhorns (2-3), whose tough early schedule also included games against Arizona, Oregon State, Gonzaga and Indiana, broke away in overtime as James Thomas tipped in a shot, Owens hit two free throws, and Ford broke away for a layup, making it 77-70 with 1:35 left.
Texas jumped to a 29-15 lead with 8:47 left in the first half behind four 3-pointers and strong inside play.
But suddenly the Cardinal got going behind a pair of 3-pointers from Tony Giovacchini and a three-point play by Jacobsen.
When Jacobsen missed the second of two free throws with a second left, Curtis Borchardt followed it in at the buzzer, capping a 20-4 run and giving Stanford a 35-33 lead at the half.
Brandon Mouton's three-point play capped a 9-0 spurt and put Texas back on top by four with 11 minutes left.