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Stanford 87, Portland State 63
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 12/19/2001

Dec. 19, 2001

Recap| Box Score

Stanford Head Coach Mike Montgomery:
ON HIS TEAM'S OVERALL PERFORMANCE:
"I thought that was a pretty good test. Lackey (Anthony) had a pretty good game tonight and we didn't do a very good job defending him. In the second half we changed our lineup and went smaller, and attacked their zone a little better. I thought Casey (Jacobsen) had a great floor game. He didn't have a lot of shots or points at the half, but he did a good job of spreading the ball around and played good defense. All in all, it's not a bad win in terms of working out some kinks and getting some new guys into different roles."

ON STARTING JULIUS BARNES AT THE GUARD POSITION:
"Julius has been playing well and has been very consistent, so I wanted to see if that would help us get something going. We looked at the post position and went with some different combinations. They were guarding our post with one guy and we weren't penetrating the zone well enough. Josh was able to come off the bench and make something happen for us. I thought Julius performed well and deserved a chance to start."

TALKING ABOUT STANFORD'S PRODUCTION OFF THE BENCH:
"I thought the reserves gave us some energy. We needed to start moving around and play hard. We were getting stagnant so we tried a new lineup to see what they could do. I thought they defended well as a unit. You're not going to have the same lineup out on the court every night so it's important to get production from the bench and get these guys some minutes."

Portland State Head Coach Joel Sobotka:
ON HIS TEAM'S OVERALL PERFORMANCE:
"We knew going in that we needed to shorten the game and keep it low-scoring. We knew our possessions were very important. I think we had great match-ups early, but just couldn't keep it going. When they execute as well as they did tonight, it's tough to beat such a talented team like that on their home floor."

"We thought we were in this game at halftime, being down only four points. They began to pull away slowly. I was hoping to buy us some time and keep it close for a while so we would make their crowd a little restless, but it just didn't happen."

Stanford Guard Julius Barnes:
ON GETTING THE START:
"He (Coach Montgomery) told me during warmups that I would be starting. I was a little nervous since it was my first start. I scored 16 points but I need to be able to minimize the five turnovers. We were just hoping to stay loose and play with intensity. Once I got loose and began to speak to my teammates during the warmups, I settled down and was fine. I think you have to prove it in practice, but as long as we get the win- that's all that matters."

Stanford Guard Josh Childress:
ON COMING OFF THE BENCH FOR THE FIRST TIME:
"It gives you a chance to see what the other team is playing like. He (Julius Barnes) came out and played well, drilled some key shots and really gave us a spark tonight."


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