Dec. 29, 1999
By ROB GLOSTER
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford still is undefeated. And now it has Mark Madsen back on the court.
Madsen, the Cardinal's only returning starter from last season, made his comeback after missing eight games because of a strained right hamstring as No. 1 Stanford beat New Hampshire 119-60 Wednesday night in the opener of the Stanford Invitational.
It was the most points scored by Stanford since a 129-108 victory over Yale in 1985-86, and the second-largest victory margin in school history. Stanford tied a school record with 15 3-pointers.
Madsen made an emphatic return, blocking a shot in his first few seconds on the court and then making a layup at the other end. He had eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes.
"I was definitely a little bit rusty. The biggest thing is getting my timing back," Madsen said. "I've got to relearn how to dodge those hands in the middle."
The Cardinal (10-0) hardly needed Madsen against a New Hampshire (1-8) team that fell behind by 40 points in the first half and by 62 midway through the second period.
Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said Madsen should be much more in sync by the time Pac-10 play starts in early January.
"Frankly, he wasn't very good tonight. His timing was off. But when you miss as much time as he has, that's going to happen," Montgomery said. "Mark wasn't Mark tonight. He's a dominant player and he'll be getting better each time out."
Colin Donahue had 15 points for New Hampshire, a school known more for ice hockey than basketball prowess.
"They sure looked like No. 1 to me," New Hampshire coach Phil Rowe said. "And we were unlucky this was the night Madsen came back, because that gave them even more motivation."
It tied the worst loss of the season for the Wildcats, who have lost six straight. New Hampshire lost 131-72 at Florida in late November.
The Wildcats opened the game with full-court defensive pressure, but committed seven fouls in the opening 2 1/2 minutes and fell behind 10-2.
Madsen, who had not played since he was injured late in the season opener against Duke at the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, entered to loud cheers 5:42 into the game.
He had four points, two rebounds and two assists in eight minutes in the first half and Stanford increased its lead to 62-22 with 2:52 left before halftime on a layup by Collins. The crowd chanted "Down by For-ty" at the beleaguered Wildcats.
"I was just happy I made a couple of plays quick," Madsen said of his block and layup. "This has been just really special to be a part of the team, part of the undefeated season. I'm just happy to be back and contributing a little bit."
Jacobsen had 15 points and Collins had 13 as Stanford took a 65-30 halftime lead.