The game started with each team trading blows and the lead volleying back and forth. Then, with 12:39 left on the game clock, Ike Diogu picked up his second foul and went to the bench. Stanford immediately ran off a 13-0 run, included back-to-back-to-back three pointers.
The run gave the Cardinal a double digit lead it could nurse by playing solid, error-free basketball (a Stanford trademark). And that is exactly what they did.
In the end, the Devils had their opportunities to make the game very interesting. With just under three minutes left in the game and Stanford clinging to a six point lead, Tommy Smith stepped to the line for two free throws. Both attempts clanged off the rim and ASU's hope for a victory quickly ended as Stanford went on a 6-0 run to push the lead to double digits.
When the buzzer sounded, Diogu had 26 points and nine rebounds, while Millage contributed 21 points and some tough defense on sharp shooter Matt Lottich.
To counter ASU's dynamic duo, Stanford's Julius Barnes poured in a game-high 29 points and forward Josh Childress added 19 points and seven boards.
The only other scorers in double figures were Sun Devil Shawn Redhage and the Cardinal's Rob Little. Each had ten points.
The game showed that ASU will go as far as Ike Diogu can take them. It seems that the only other player who really wants to step up in big games is Curtis Millage, but the pair need some help from others against teams as good as Stanford. The role players are going to have to contribute more on Sunday, otherwise the Devils are staring a road sweep at the hands of the NoCal schools.
Cardinal protect home floor
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