Nov. 11, 1999
By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Stanford started the season with a young team and late in its season opener got even younger.
The 13th-ranked Cardinal used an 8-2 run late in regulation and a 10-0 spurt in overtime to beat No. 10 Duke 80-79 Thursday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
What made the victory even more impressive was that senior forward Mark Madsen, the only returning starter from last season, pulled a hamstring in the final minute of regulation and didn't return.
"We made some big plays to get it to overtime and a lot of guys stepped up," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "Madsen has a pulled hamstring and I'm 90 percent sure, barring some kind of miracle, he won't play tomorrow night."
Stanford will play the winner of the second game between No. 1 Connecticut and Iowa in Friday night's championship game at Madison Square Garden.
Madsen wasn't there for the two big runs that allowed the Cardinal to win the opener for the 11th straight season.
After the 8-2 run over the final 39 seconds of regulation, Chris Carrawell made two free throws 33 seconds into the extra session to give Duke its final lead. Michael McDonald, who scored eight points, then started the 10-0 run with two 3-pointers.
David Moseley's layup and Jason Collins' dunk gave Stanford a 78-70 lead with 2:03 left.
Carrawell then scored seven points in Duke's 9-2 run to close the game but it wasn't enough. Carrawell's tip-in made it 80-79 with eight seconds left. Stanford freshman Casey Jacobsen missed two free throws with 4.6 seconds left and Moseley grabbed the rebound of the second but was called for traveling.
Duke had another chance, but Nate James' 25-footer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Duke, which has two starters back from last season's team that reached the national championship game, has six freshmen among its 10 scholarship players.
"There were a lot of good things like the comeback in overtime," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Our defense was better than I thought it would be and it kept us in the ballgame."
Moseley led Stanford with 20 points and Madsen had 15.
"We knew we had to make some big plays down the stretch and we did to get to overtime," Moseley said. "We showed some depth and now we'll need it."
Carrawell, one of the two returning starters, finished with a career-high 28 points, while Battier, the other, had 19 and freshman Jason Williams added 13.
Carrawell's previous best was 19 points against North Carolina as a sophomore.
Duke shot just 28 percent (24-for-85) and was 12-for-33 from 3-point range.
"The shots we missed were inside and almost all of the 3s we took were good shots," Krzyzewski said. "A big part of our shooting was Stanford's defense. They're way ahead of us right now in coaching."
Ryan Mendez and Moseley each hit 3-pointers in Stanford's run to close regulation. After Jarron Collins' layup tied it 68-68 for Stanford with 3.8 seconds left, Duke missed a chance to win in regulation when Battier's last-second jumper bounced off the rim.
"This was huge because it was Duke, probably the most successful program in college basketball over the last 10 years," Montgomery said. "It looked like two young teams out there but it seemed like a real entertaining game."
Battier had given the Blue Devils their first lead of the game, 61-60, with two free throws with 2:07 left. His 3-pointer 44 seconds earlier had brought Duke within 60-59. A 3-pointer by Carrawell and two free throws by Williams had given the Blue Devils a 66-60 lead with 49 seconds left.
Williams started at the point as a freshman for Duke and Krzyzewski wasn't disappointed despite 3-of-15 shooting and six turnovers.
"Overall I thought he did a good job," Krzyzewski said. "He's got a lot to learn to become an outstanding point guard but he has the guts and talent and just has to learn the position. His first game was in Madison Square Garden. That's a big classroom."