Dec. 27, 1997
Men's Basketball Defeats Lehigh University
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - The victory was so complete, Stanford coach Mike
Montgomery wasn't sure what to make of it.
Getting a team-high 18 points from Peter Sauer and pulling out to a 30-point
lead by halftime, No. 8 Stanford routed Lehigh 95-42 Saturday night.
"It's hard to tell what this means," Montgomery said. "We shot well but
we weren't threatened. For us, it was a good opportunity to get into the bench
deep. From now on though, it's going to get much tougher and our substitution
pattern will change quite a bit.
Ryan Mendez had 13 points and Kris Weems and Tim Young each had 12 as
Stanford (9-0) won its 17th straight at Maples Pavilion.
All 14 players on Stanford's roster saw playing time against overmatched
Lehigh (5-5). The Cardinal's 53-point margin of victory was the third-biggest
in school history.
"To tell the truth, we expected this," Lehigh coach Sal Mentesana said.
"Their size and strength are impressive but the biggest thing about them is
they don't give up anything in quickness. They guarded us as intensely as I've
seen any team. They also shoot very well from the outside. They don't have too
many weaknesses that I can see."
Brett Eppehimer, who entered as the nation's third-leading scorer averaging
27 points per game, had just three points at halftime and finished with 13 for
Lehigh. Jared Hess also had 13.
Stanford overwhelmed Lehigh with a 24-1 run over the last nine minutes of
the first half, jumping out to a 42-12 lead. It was the fewest points scored in
the first half by a Stanford opponent at Maples since Cornell had 10 in a 90-45
loss during the 1988-89 season.
Mendez and Weems each had five points in the flurry, which was fueled by
Stanford's fastbreak, perimeter shooting and domination under the boards.
Lehigh's only point in that span came with 3:54 left in the half, when Peter
DeLea made one of two free throws.
After a basket by Hess with 9:17 left in the first period, Lehigh didn't
make another until DeLea's 17-foot jumper 1:10 into the second half.
Even playing with its reserves throughout much of the game, Stanford scored
at will against Lehigh, which managed to hit just 22 percent of its shots from
the field in the first half and 43 percent overall.
Despite shuffling players in and out of the game, Stanford hit 61 percent of
its shots from the field. The Cardinal also outrebounded Lehigh 43-20.