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No. 12 Cardinal Pulls Away From Washington State, 76-63
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/16/2002

Feb 16, 2002

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Stanford's trip to Washington couldn't have gone any better.

Curtis Borchardt had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, and No. 12 Stanford used an early second-half run to coast to a 76-63 victory Saturday over Washington State.

Casey Jacobsen added 24 points for the Cardinal (17-6, 10-4 Pac-10), which completed a perfect road swing against the conference's bottom two teams and moved into first place in the Pac-10.

"It's been a while since we swept a Pac-10 road trip," Borchardt said. "Road games are always tough in the Pac-10."

Coupled with Arizona's loss to Southern California, Stanford - which beat Washington on Thursday - moved past the Wildcats into a tie atop the conference.

"We got what we wanted, a win and a sweep and to go home in first place," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said.

Neither game was easy from the start.

The Cardinal used an 11-2 run Thursday in the first four minutes of the second half to pull away from Washington.

Against the last-place Cougars, Stanford only led 37-34 at halftime but opened the second half with a 17-5 run.

"We didn't come out as flat in the second half, and that's when we took control," Jacobsen said. "The game was a little tougher than we expected, but WSU has some players capable of putting up some numbers."

Marcus Moore did just that, leading all scorers with 29 points. Moore was 4-of-7 from 3-point range with 18 points in the first half for the Cougars (5-18, 1-14), who jumped out to a a 13-3 lead.

But Stanford stayed close, using a 20-16 rebounding advantage, and took its first lead at 24-21 on a 3-pointer by Julius Barnes with 8:17 remaining in the first half.

The Cardinal used the big run to pull away to a 54-39 advantage. Stanford held Washington State to 1-of-6 shooting during the spurt, and parlayed that into its 12th straight victory in the series.

"We had a fairly comfortable margin in the second half once we started to get moving," Montgomery said. "We were in pretty good shape. We weren't in peak mental capacity tonight, but Washington State played hard."

The loss was the 15th in 16 games for the Cougars.

"I thought we played the right style, playing it slow," Washington State coach Paul Graham said. "The second half they came out and accentuated their strengths and pounded it in to Jacobsen and Borchardt."

Jacobsen had 13 points in the second half, and Borchardt added 10.

Washington State closed within 71-61 on Moore's jumper with 2:54 remaining, but Barnes answered with a 3-point shot on Stanford's ensuing possession to end the Cougars' final threat.


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