March 1, 2002
Tempe, AZ - Casey Jacobsen has taken some lumps this season, but he and Stanford have still found a way to win.
The 17th-ranked Cardinal will try to complete a road sweep of Arizona opponents Saturday as they conclude the regular season against Pac-10 rival Arizona State.
Coming off home losses to UCLA and Southern California last week, there was talk of Stanford (18-8, 11-6) possibly being on the bubble for the NCAA tournament.
But that was before Jacobsen, who played the second half after getting a cut over his right eye that required five stitches, and center Curtis Borchardt silenced some skeptics in a 76-71 victory at No. 14 Arizona on Thursday.
"Everybody is talking about us being in the NIT, and I didn't buy that for a minute." said Jacobsen, who shot only 2-of-6 from the field and finished with six points. "And I actually find that insulting. We are a much more quality basketball team than that."
Borchardt picked up the offensive slack for Jacobsen, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 22 points per game, by scoring 28 points, including hitting six crucial free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the game. The 7-foot center also pulled down nine rebounds, keying Stanford's 25-11 rebounding advantage in the second half.
The Cardinal could be seeded anywhere from second to sixth in next week's Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles.
Arizona State (14-12, 7-10) is locked into seventh place in the Pac-10 and will play the second seed in the first round of the tournament.
The Sun Devils played well for 30 minutes against No. 21 California on Thursday but were on the short end of a 91-80 defeat.
Tommy Smith had a season-high 22 points while Chad Prewitt - playing despite torn ligaments in his elbow - added 17 of his 19 in the second half for the Sun Devils, who held a 59-53 lead with 9:43 to play before faltering.
Stanford has won eight straight against Arizona State, including six in a row at Tempe, Ariz., to take a 27-24 lead in the all-time series. Jacobsen carried the Cardinal to a 90-81 victory on Jan. 31, scoring a career-high 49 points.