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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