Feb 1, 2002
Stanford, Calif. (AP) - Casey Jacobsen kept it simple. Then he made history.
Jacobsen scored 49 points as No. 15 Stanford defeated Arizona State 90-81 on Thursday night, the second most points ever scored by a Cardinal, and the most ever scored against the Sun Devils.
Jacobsen scored 31 points in the second half, and was 14-of-22 overall from the field. Only Hank Luisetti - with 50 points against Duquesne on Jan. 1, 1938 - has scored more in a Stanford uniform.
"We only ran maybe four different plays in the final 15 minutes," Jacobsen said. "Usually we run 15 plays. We ran 10 in a row to me coming off the dribble and a screen. I wanted the ball. I've been waiting for a game like this and I figured I was due."
Jacobsen's effort - sixth best in conference history - was the most ever by a player at Maples Pavilion, and the first time a Cardinal reached 40 points in a game since Kimberly Belton did it during the 1979-80 season. The former Maples mark was held by Arizona's Damon Stoudamire with 45.
"It was a case of a great player making great plays," Arizona State coach Rob Evans said. "Casey hit every shot they needed. That's why he's an All-American."
Jacobsen, along with Duke's Jason Williams the only returning All-Americans from last season, entered the game with a 21.3 scoring average against the Sun Devils, his best against any opponent.
Chad Prewitt scored 18 points to lead Arizona State (11-8, 4-6), which lost its third in four games. The Sun Devils lost their eighth straight to Stanford and for the 12th time in 13 games. Curtis Millage added 14 points.
The Sun Devils led by nine points early in the second half after Tommy Smith - who finished with 12 points - hit a jumper, but Stanford began to rally behind the torrid shooting of Jacobsen. The Cardinal shot 67 percent in the second half.
"I've never seen a performance like that," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We set up every play for him. We needed every point, too. In many respects they deserved to win this game, but Casey was phenomenal. Without him, I don't think we win this game."
Borchardt completed a three-point play with 9:36 remaining to tie the game at 62 and Jacobsen hit an NBA 3-pointer less than 30 seconds later to put the Cardinal in front for good.
"This doesn't happen too often," said Jacobsen, who had three 50-point games in high school. "When it does happen you have to ride it as long as you can. When I realized that this could be a good night, I was looking to shoot it every time the ball came my way."
Arizona State, playing its fourth straight ranked opponent, flirted with its second consecutive upset. The Sun Devils have been idle since beating then-No. 10 Arizona on Jan. 23.
Prewitt hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 15-2 run that gave the Sun Devils a 31-27 lead with 5:29 left in the first half. Arizona State, which lost for just the second time in 13 games when leading at halftime, eventually extended its lead to 44-39 at the break.
"We played well enough to win," Evans said. "In fact, we should have won but we couldn't get to the line."
Stanford, which used one starting lineup for all 34 games last season, used its fourth combination this season on Thursday when Teyo Johnson made his first start of the year. Johnson, a receiver on the football team, became the first Cardinal to start a game in football and basketball the same school year since John Paye in 1986.
Johnson replaced Justin Davis, who started the first 17 games. Davis, 1-of-6 from the foul line against the Sun Devils, is a 43 percent free throw shooter. He is shooting 63 percent from the field.
By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer