Nov. 30, 1997
Weems Leads Stanford to Big Island Title
HILO, Hawaii -Guard Kris Weems exceeded his season output with 29 points as
13th-ranked Stanford exploded for 64 second-half points en route
to a 99-86 victory over Butler in the championship of the Big
Island Invitational in Hilo, Hawaii.
Mark Masden added 17 for the Cardinal (4-0), who defeated host
Hawaii-Hilo and Valparaiso before capturing the title tonight.
Stanford led 35-28 at halftime before pulling away in the fourth
Matthew Graves scored 27 points and Jeff Rogers added 11 for
Butler (4-2), which upset number 17 Oklahoma in the first round
on Friday and defeated Pacific to reach the championship game.
Stanford raced to an 18-4 lead in the first 7:41 of the contest
and held a 35-28 halftime lead as the Bulldogs made just 4-of-18
(22 percent) from the floor. The only thing that kept Butler in
the game the first 20 minutes was its free throw shooting. The
Bulldogs made 19-of-20 foul shots in the first half.
Weems, who entered the game averaging 8.3 points and shooting
just 26.1 percent from the field, made 8-of-17 shots, including
4-of-10 three-pointers. He also made all nine of his free
throws as Stanford shot 15-of-24 (63 percent) from the field.
Madsen continued his torrid shooting to the season as he made
all six of his shots. He has made an unfathomable 95.2 percent
of his shots from the field, making 20-of-21 shots. By
comparison he is 22-of-35 from the line (62.8 percent).
Both teams executed well on offense on the second half, though
the Cardinal added 28 free throws on 32 attempts. Arthur Lee,
who finished with 15 points and eight assists, was 7-of-8 from
the foul line.
Peter Sauer finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for
Stanford, which outrebounded the Bulldogs 36-21 and 12-7 on the
Bulldogs forward Jon Neuhouser, who entered the game averaging a
team-best 17 points per game, was held to eight on 3-of-8
shooting. Graves, who entered the game with 24 points on the
season, had five of Butler's six three-pointers.
Butler shot 46 percent (25-of-54) from the floor and hit
30-of-33 free throws.