Feb 9, 2002
By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Teyo Johnson missed the first month of the basketball season because of his commitment to the Stanford football team. He's starting to make up for lost time.
Johnson scored a career-high 15 points as No. 20 Stanford defeated Oregon State 77-55 on Saturday night.
"It always takes a couple of months to get into the rhythm of the game and stuff," said Johnson, a wide receiver for the football team, which played in the Seattle Bowl on Dec. 27. "I feel like right now I'm kind of getting into basketball shape."
Johnson played 26 minutes against the Beavers, two games after playing a season-high 31 minutes. He was 4-of-7 from the field, and 5-of-6 from the foul line. He also added five rebounds and three assists.
"Being on the bench motivates you to work harder," Johnson said. "You want to put yourself in a position to be considered for a starting spot."
Curtis Borchardt had 20 points and 12 rebounds to record his fourth straight double-double, and 10th of the season.
Casey Jacobsen added 13 points as the Cardinal (15-6, 8-4 Pac-10) won their ninth straight against the Beavers at home.
"Stanford has improved a lot since the last time we played," Oregon State coach Ritchie McKay said. "They're harder to defend now. We junked it up on Jacobsen and it kind of worked, but the rest of the team is maturing with each game."
J.S. Nash scored 12 points to lead Oregon State (10-13, 3-10), which lost its fourth straight and fell to 0-8 against ranked opponents.
Stanford is part of a four-way tie for third place in the Pac-10, where one game separates first from sixth.
"I can't believe the standings," Stanford senior point guard Tony Giovacchini said. "It's nothing like I've ever seen in my experience here. It's anybody's title and I'm glad we're in the hunt."
The Beavers, one of the top defensive teams in the conference, kept it close most of the way against one of the top offensive teams.
Stanford opened a 57-47 lead after Jacobsen scored with 7:52 remaining to play. The Cardinal maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
"It looked pretty dicey there for a while," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "Teyo came in and gave us a boost with a couple of 3s. It wasn't pretty, but I'll take it."
The Beavers played without their top two scorers and rebounders for the final three minutes. Junior forward Philip Ricci fouled with 10 points and one rebound at 5:13, while junior forward Brian Jackson left 2 minutes later with seven points and no rebounds.
"Ricci is a very good rebounder, but he never got untracked tonight," McKay said. "They kept him off the boards as well as anyone has done."
Stanford proved just as effective defensively, limiting Oregon State to seven shots in the first 15 minutes of the second half. The 55 points were the second-lowest allowed by the Cardinal this season.
Oregon State, 10th in scoring offense in the Pac-10, led by as many as seven points through the first 10 minutes, but the Cardinal went on an 11-2 run to take the lead for good at 10:14 of the first half. Borchardt hit a driving layup to give Stanford its first lead.
The Cardinal led 35-30 at halftime.
After Oregon State took a 14-7 lead 8 minutes in, Stanford outscored the Beavers 70-31 the rest of the way.
Jackson, Oregon State's second-leading scorer and rebounder, did not start for the first time this season. He missed Thursday's game at Cal with an abdominal strain, and entered Saturday's game with 6:17 left in the first half.
Stanford's Joe Kirchofer, coming off one of his finest efforts in an overtime victory against Oregon, scored five points in his first collegiate start.
Jimmie Haywood scored 10 points for the Beavers.