Dec. 16, 1999
By ROB GLOSTER
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - For one half, Stanford played like an ordinary team. Then the Cardinal showed why they're among college basketball's elite.
No. 2 Stanford had an 11-0 run at the start of the second half, holding Nevada scoreless for 6:48, on its way to a 68-39 victory Thursday night over a Wolf Pack team that shot 29 percent and had more turnovers (20) than baskets (16).
Casey Jacobsen had 16 points off the bench for Stanford (7-0), which overcame a sluggish first half in which it struggled from the field. Ryan Mendez and Jason Collins added 10 points each for the Cardinal.
"I wasn't pleased at all with our offense in the first half," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "The second half was a different story. We were moving the ball. Our shooting percentage went up because we passed the ball better."
Jarron Collins, Jason's twin brother, said Stanford's poor first half cannot be blamed on the fact that the Cardinal were playing for only the second time since Nov. 27.
"We didn't come out with the right intensity in the first half, and it has nothing to do with having a layoff," he said. "It just took us a half to get going. Once we got going, we were fine."
Joao Santos had 12 points and Adrian McCullough had 10 points and seven assists for Nevada (1-6), which has lost six straight since a season-opening 25-point victory over Washington State.
Leading by 12 points after a sloppy first half, the Cardinal blew the game open at the start of the second half. While Nevada was struggling to get off a shot, Jarron Collins had a dunk and Jason Collins followed with two baskets to make it 37-19.
Mendez then hit a 3-pointer and another basket to extend Stanford's lead to 42-19, before Santos hit a 3-pointer to finally end the run with 13:12 left in the game. The Cardinal steadily built their margin throughout the second half.
It was a homecoming for Nevada coach Trent Johnson, who spent three years as a Stanford assistant before taking the job with the Wolf Pack this season. He has taken much of the Stanford playbook with him to Nevada.
"It was weird playing against them, because we were running their plays," McCullough said. "It was like practice. We knew what they were going to do, and they knew what we were going to do."
Stanford still is playing without Mark Madsen, who was expected to be the Cardinal's top player this season but has been sidelined with a strained right hamstring since a season-opening win against Duke.
Jacobsen had seven points as Stanford took a 31-19 lead after a sloppy first half filled with turnovers and poor shooting. Nevada made 11 turnovers in the half and shot 29 percent, while Stanford was 3-of-15 on 3-pointers.