Mar. 20, 1997
Doleac, Utah Defeat Cardinal in NCAA Tournament West Region Semifinal, 82-77 (OT)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Michael Doleac scored eight of his 16 points in overtime for
second-seeded Utah, which blew a 14-point halftime lead but
recovered for an 82-77 victory over sixth-seeded Stanford in the
NCAA Tournament West Region semifinal in San Jose, California.
Keith Van Horn scored 25 points before fouling out for Utah
(29-3), which will play Kentucky in the regional final on
Saturday. The Utes are in the regional finals for the first
time since 1966, when they advanced to the Final Four.
"I feel like this was a terrific game and it's a shame someone
had to lose it," said Utah coach Rick Majerus. "I'm very proud
of my players. They played with heart. They played with
composure. They hit some key foul shots down the stretch. I
thought that was an unbelievable win."
Brevin Knight scored 27 points for Stanford (22-8), which erased
a six-point deficit in the final 40 seconds of regulation.
Knight forced overtime when he hit a leaning three-pointer from
the left corner with 7.1 seconds to play.
"They're a good team," said Knight of Utah. "A couple of their
key guys went out, but they kept battling. They ran their sets
and their big guy (Doleac) made some shots. This is a tough
loss. We came back from something like 13 or 14 points down. We
gave it everything we had, but we came up short."
Van Horn was whistled for his fifth foul 34 seconds into
overtime when he was called for a moving pick on Knight, who
made the first of two free throws to give Stanford its only lead
of the game at 68-67.
"I told them, I said look, 'You've won without me before. You
can win without me now,'" said Van Horn when asked what he told
his teammates after he picked up his fifth foul. "I had total
confidence in them. I told them they should have confidence in
Doleac responded with a basket down low and Miller drove in for
a layup to give the Utes a 71-68 lead with 3:15 left. Arthur
Lee answered with a three-pointer from the right side to tie the
game at 71.
Doleac and Knight traded free throws and Utah called a 20-second
timeout with 2:14 left. The Utes worked the ball to Doleac, who
used a spin move along the baseline to free himself for a
five-footer to give Utah the lead for good at 75-73 with 1:59 to
"I knew that we were going to have to take care of the ball and
try to get the ball underneath," said Doleac. "When the time
came, we made our free throws."
After a miss by Knight, Hanno Mottola made one of two free
throws with 1:19 remaining. After another Stanford miss, this
one a three-pointer by Lee, Miller made one of two to give Utah
a 77-73 lead with 47.9 seconds left.
Peter Sauer had a layup with 39.5 seconds left, but Miller hit
two free throws. Lee missed an open three from the right side
and Jeff Johnsen made the second of two free throws to make it
80-75 with 25.4 seconds left. David Moseley sank two foul shots
to bring Stanford back within three, but Doleac, who was
12-of-12 from the foul line, made his last two with nine seconds
left to seal the victory.
Andre Miller had a putback of his own miss to give Utah a 63-56
lead with 1:55 to play, but Stanford charged back as Kelsey
Weems made a free throw and Mark Madsen added a tip-in to make
it 63-59 with 1:07 to go.
A layup by Drew Hansen pushed the lead back to six with 42.9
seconds left, but Knight made two free throws less than three
seconds later. David Jackson missed a pair of free throws, but
Van Horn was able to tip the ball back to a teammate, but Utah
threw the ball away with 31 seconds left.
Knight then drove the lane, scored and was fouled by Miller with
26.3 seconds left. He made the free throw to draw the Cardinal
within 65-64. Doleac was fouled 1.1 seconds later and made both
to give Utah a 67-64 lead.
Knight nearly turned the ball over when he dribbled the ball off
his heel and it rolled out of bounds with 17.8 seconds left.
Knight then air-balled a running 15-footer, but Van Horn
couldn't corral the miss underneath, giving Stanford another
chance with 10.2 seconds to go. Knight then came off a curl to
the left and pump-faked once before firing a leaning
three-pointer to tie the game.
Neither team established its offense in the early going and a
basket by Young with just over 10 minutes to play pulled
Stanford within 6-4. But Van Horn scored 10 points in a 15-5
run to open up a 21-9 bulge with 5:19 left. Utah took its
largest lead of the half at 31-15 after Hanno Mottola nailed a
15-footer with 1:55 left.
A dunk by Van Horn gave Utah a 37-21 lead 2:40 into the second
half, but the Cardinal finally got rolling and reeled off 10
straight points to pull within 37-31 after a layup by Peter
Knight, who picked up two quick fouls, including his fourth with
13:05 to play, was fouled, but the Stanford bench was whistled
for a technical foul. Knight made his two free throws to make
it a four-point game, but Van Horn hit the two from the
technical and Ben Caton made a three-pointer from the left wing
to make it 42-35 with 12:40 left.
"I can't get over my disappointment," said Stanford coach Mike
Montgomery. "As proud as I am of these kids, we just didn't
play very well. We shot 30 percent for the game and we get into
overtime. We didn't get great individual performances in a game
like this. You need to play hard if you are going to get to the
fg ft rb
min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp
Weems 40 2-8 3-5 1-2 0 1 8
Sauer 34 4-13 0-0 1-2 0 4 8
Young 28 5-15 2-2 6-15 0 5 12
Lee 40 3-9 3-4 0-2 0 5 11
Knight 39 7-19 12-13 3-6 9 4 27
Moseley 7 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 0 2
Jackson 10 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0
Van Elswyk 9 0-0 2-4 0-0 0 4 2
Madsen 18 2-6 3-4 2-5 0 5 7
TOTALS 225 23-72 27-34 14-35 10 28 77
Percentages: FG-.319, FT-.794. 3-Point Goals:
4-16, .250 (Weems 1-3, Sauer 0-2, Lee 2-6, Knight
1-5). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Young
2, Madsen). Turnovers: 14 (Young 3, Lee 2, Madsen
2, Weems 2, Knight, Sauer, Van Elswyk). Steals: 7
(Lee 2, Weems 2, Knight, Sauer, Young).
fg ft rb
min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp
Hansen 30 1-4 0-0 1-4 2 5 2
Van Horn 38 9-26 5-5 3-14 2 5 25
Doleac 31 2-7 12-12 3-6 1 4 16
Caton 34 1-5 0-1 0-6 2 5 3
A Miller 39 7-11 5-9 5-7 1 4 19
Jackson 8 1-1 0-2 0-0 1 1 3
Mctavish 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Mottola 21 3-4 3-6 1-2 1 2 9
J Johnsen 19 2-3 1-2 1-4 2 0 5
TOTALS 225 26-61 26-37 14-43 12 27 82
Percentages: FG-.426, FT-.703. 3-Point Goals:
4-19, .211 (Hansen 0-3, Van Horn 2-10, Doleac
0-1, Caton 1-3, Jackson 1-1, J Johnsen 0-1). Team
rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 2 (Van Horn 2).
Turnovers: 21 (A Miller 11, Caton 4, Van Horn 3,
Mottola 2, Mctavish). Steals: 5 (A Miller,
Doleac, Hansen, J Johnsen, Jackson).
Stanford 21 46 10 - 77
Utah 35 32 15 - 82
Technical fouls: Stanford 1 (Bench). Officials:
Ted Hillary, Scattaglia.