Friday, March 23, 2001

Stanford knew what to do




By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

        ANAHEIM, Calif. — After trailing by four at halftime, Stanford's 7-foot twins started showing their strength.

        With no one stopping him inside, Jason Collins helped Stanford go on a 15-4 run that broke Cincinnati's back. He had five points, Ryan Mendez added six and Casey Jacobsen scored on a wide-open layup to give the Cardinal a 62-50 lead with 7:50 remaining.

        “We tried to get the ball inside,” Jason said. “We knew we had an advantage. It's very difficult to guard us one-on-one.”

        “We worked so hard for this. It's been a long way coming for us,” said Jacobsen, the All-American guard who scored a career-high 27 points and hit two 3-pointers to tie the single-season school record of 82.

        Using their quickness, the Bearcats fearlessly drove inside for baskets against Stanford's big men to take a 38-34 halftime lead.

        The Cardinal committed 12 of their 17 turnovers in the first half and saw Cincinnati close the half with a 21-10 run.

        “Cincinnati was as advertised, very physical and a very good half-court defensive team. They disrupted us in the first half,” coach Mike Montgomery said.

        “The second half was more typical of what we needed to have happen.”

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