Jan. 3, 1998
Stanford Opens Pac-10 with 20-point Rout of Beavers
By BOB BAUM
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Arthur Lee scored 16 points and Stanford's defense
harassed and intimidated Oregon State into a miserable shooting night Saturday
as the seventh-ranked Cardinal routed the Beavers 68-48 in the Pac-10 opener
for both teams.
Stanford (12-0) is off to its second-best start ever and just two short of
its best, 14-0 61 years ago.
The Cardinal were upset by the Beavers in Corvallis a year ago, but Stanford
never trailed this time.
The Beavers (9-3) couldn't recover from one of the worst shooting halfs
Oregon State shot 9 percent from the field (3-for-31) in the first half,
falling behind 30-14 at halftime.
The Beavers, who shot 18 percent for the game, missed their first 11 shots
and were 1-for-24 at one point. Oregon State didn't get its first field goal
until reserve Jerome Vaden's 3-pointer with 12:46 left in the first half. Its
second came nearly seven minutes later.
Peter Sauer had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Stanford, while Tim Young
added 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots.
Corey Benjamin scored 15 points for the Beavers, all in the second half, and
John-Blair Bickerstaff added 10.
Stanford was without starting forward Mark Madsen, who is out 10 days-to-two
weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot, an injury that was diagnosed
during the week but wasn't announced until Friday.
Madsen was hardly missed.
Stanford's big front line overpowered the Beavers, blocking six shots in the
Oregon State's Ron Grady, the MVP at this week's Hilo Holiday Shootout,
didn't score. He was 0-for-9 in the first half and didn't take a shot in the
second before fouling out.
After falling behind by 22 points early in the second half, the Beavers
scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 42-27 on Todd Marshall's two
free throws with 13:39 to play. But four Stanford players scored on an 8-0 run
that made it 50-27 on Lee's two free throws with 13:39 remaining.
After that, Oregon State never was closer than 17 and Stanford led by as
many as 24.