Nov. 24, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS - Curtis Borchardt has spent most of the past two seasons sidelined by injuries and feeling like he wasn't making an impact for Stanford.
Against Purdue on Saturday night, he was the difference.
Borchardt had 13 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks as No. 14 Stanford beat the Boilermakers 78-62 Saturday in the John Wooden Tradition.
"It's been a long time I've been able to go out there and compete like that, said Borchardt, who's missed 25 games the past two seasons with assorted injuries. "I made sure not to give up on any ball. I just boxed out and just went for it."
Casey Jacobsen scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds and Josh Childress scored 21 as Stanford (3-0) exploited Purdue's inside weakness and dominated the boards, held a 53-29 rebounding edge and outscored Purdue in the paint 54-22.
Stanford had a 19-12 edge on the offensive boards, with Borchardt and Jacobsen each grabbing four.
"We really worked the boards," said Stanford coach Mike Montgomery. "Borchardt was huge on the offensive end. That didn't give them much opportunity for second shots."
The trio of Jacobsen, Borchardt and Childress scored all but seven points for the Cardinal in the second half.
Rodney Smith, who led Purdue (2-1) with 15 points, made a 3-pointer to make it 63-57 with just over five minutes remaining but Stanford finished on a 15-5 run.
"There were times when we boxed them out, but they just reached over us and snatched it away," Smith said.
Stanford led by 11 early in the second half, but Purdue went on a 15-2 run to make it 52-50 with 9:25 left.
Purdue center John Allison and backup Brett Buscher both had three fouls and had to play conservatively. Allison picked up his fourth foul with 7:19 to go and Smith also was in foul trouble.
Borchardt had 11 points and nine rebounds in the second half.
"Eventually people are going to have to double-team Curtis every time," Jacobsen said.
Jacobsen, a 47-percent shooter from 3-point range a year ago, only had one attempt against Purdue. He also scored most of his points in the paint or with mid-range jumpers.
Willie Deane scored 13 points for the Boilermakers, who shot 30 percent from the floor. Purdue had open looks from the perimeter but made only 7-of-24 3-pointers.
"We took a lot of poor shots," Deane said. "We just didn't take what the defense gave us."
The Cardinal were 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
"That's a real positive because they took it away from us and we still scored points," Montgomery said.
Purdue went on a 10-4 run to open the game, but Rob Little's tip-in gave Stanford an 18-17 lead. The Cardinal led 32-28 at halftime.
"They surprised us with their aggressiveness," Montgomery said. "The good news for us was we adjusted. In the second half, we were more used to their style of play and what we needed to do."
Purdue coach Gene Keady remained four wins away from his 500th Division I victory.
"The inside game's got a long ways to go," he said. "Defensively, we've got to do the things we practice. It wasn't what he had in mind."
By DAN GELSTON
Associated Press Writer
Game Notes & Quotes from Stanford's 78-62 victory over Purdue
*** Curtis Borchardt recorded a career-high 20 rebounds against the Purdue Boilermakers ... Only 13 times in school history has a Stanford player recorded 20 or more rebounds in a game ... Eleven players, including Borchardt, have grabbed 20 or more rebounds in a game.
*** Curtis Borchardt now has three double-doubles in three games this year.
*** Curtis Borchardt tied his school record for blocked shots with six against Purdue ... Borchardt now has 71 blocks in his career, fifth-best in school history.
*** All-American Casey Jacobsen recorded his first double-double with 26 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Purdue.
*** Freshman Josh Childress continues to make a major impact for the Cardinal ... Childress recorded a season-high 21 points, hitting 9-of-14 shots from the floor.
*** Since the 1997-98 season, Stanford is 27-6 in neutral court games, including a 15-2 record in the last two-plus seasons ... Next Saturday (Dec. 1), Stanford will play another neutral court contest, this time at the United Center in Chicago against the Texas Longhorns at the Classic 4 Kids Tournament.
Quotes from Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery
"I was proud of the team's effort tonight. We got good production from our starters, and our bench gave us a nice lift. By the end of the game, they (Purdue) didn't want much of Curtis (Borchardt). He was so valuable inside. He competed tonight. He kept the ball alive."
Quotes from Stanford All-American Casey Jacobsen
"Everybody contributed. The more games we play the more people will have to pay attention to Curtis (Borchardt) and Josh (Childress).
Quotes from Curtis Borchardt
"I enjoy games like these that are competitive. I really felt good out there. I'm starting to jump a little better."