Not too much was expected out of this game but it turned into quite a potential story. Stanford was winning 35-34 with 18 minutes to play and Portland St. looked like it wasnt going to let down. Jacobsen and Co. made sure that didnt happen as the Cardinal put in a strong second half and ran away with the game in the form of 87-63 victory. Jacobsen once again led the Cardinal with his most balanced game of the season. He scored 24 points on 4-9 from 3-point range and had 9 rebounds as well as 7 assists. New starter Julius Barnes scored 16 points on 4-8 3-point shooting but led the team was well with five turnovers. Childress, Borchardt, and Giovacchini also chipped in with double figure scoring outputs of their own. Anthony Lackey led the Vikings with 26 points and single handedly kept the team in the game. Jeb Ivey, a former Bellarmine star, scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds of his own.
Not much can be taken out of this game due to the competition but a few things looked well last night. Julius Barnes in his first start took full advantage and pushed the ball constantly and gave his teammates a lot of good looks. He did have five turnovers but defiantly gave the starters a spark. Jacobsen looks like he has regained the touch as he had 10 three-pointers in the tournament and looked very strong. Borchardt had another solid game and is looking like the best center on the west coast and one of the top in the country. He broke his string of double-doubles but was in foul trouble most of the night and never really got his game going with the Vikings 2-3 zone.
With the good there were a few negatives in the game. Justin Davis had a real down game and never really got his game going. He has been a real streaky player for Stanford, but definitely needs to be consistent next to Curtis. Also, Tony continued to struggle. He did hit two treys at the end of the game but didnt have any assists. He is becoming a liability out there but hopefully will improve as BYU, Michigan State and the Pac-10 season is upon us.
Overall a rather sloppy game but things could be worse. Curtis is a dominating player in the post and Casey seems to have snapped out of his funk. Barnes looks like he will provide a spark to the starting lineup and will provide better perimeter defense, which has been lacking. Now the team is off to Las Vegas where it will get a rare opportunity to plat in front of a national audience on