This Date in Cardinal Hoops: 1-31-02
Though it lacked in overall team success compared its previous editions, the 2001-02 Stanford basketball team featured some outstanding individual efforts.
Exhibit A to that claim is what happened on this very date seven years ago. One of two first-round draft picks the Cardinal provided the 2002 NBA Draft, Casey Jacobsen was marvelously efficient in setting a new Maples Pavilion record with 49 points.
In only 22 attempts from the field in the 90-81 victory over Arizona State, the Glendora wonder broke Arizona guard Damon Stoudamire's previous mark of 45 set in the Wildcats' overtime win in 1995. The effort came up one-point shy of Hank Lusietti's school record, set on New Year's of 1938 against Duquesne.
Jacobsen's career high efforts got progressively better as the season went on. Totals against BYU (28) and Oregon (32) however were achieved in losing efforts. The 6-6 swingman, picked in the same Phoenix Suns draft class as current NBA star Amare Stoudamire, had produced three 50-point games in high school.
''I had a different mindset coming in,'' said Jacobsen, "'I was more relaxed before the game than I can remember. I wasn't thinking about the game for hours beforehand. I was a normal person. I went to all my classes today. I was just hanging out."
An 18-point effort in the first half gave way to an astounding 31 more in the second. With Stanford trailing by eight early in the second half, Jacobsen went off, scoring 13 points over a three-minute stretch. The game stood tied at 62-62 when Jacobsen launched a three-pointer along the right wing, from the "M" in "Maples Pavilion." It went in, and the Cardinal never again trailed against head coach Rob Evans' energetic Sun Devils.
"Every shot felt good," Jacobsen explained of his Thursday evening effort. "I had no idea how many points I had."
Stanford (13-5, 6-3 after the win) held a precarious No. 18 national ranking at tipoff. The Cardinal had turned the ball over 27 times in a loss at USC the previous Saturday, succumbing to Sam Clancy and his Trojan teammates' relentless full-court press. Ranked No. 1 either by Sports Illustrated or the national polls in each of the previous three years, it was clear that Stanford, without the Collins Twins or much of a veteran presence, was clearly a program in transition.
7'0" center Curtis Borchardt pulled down 14 rebounds or more eight times in 2001-02, prior to his own first-round selection by Orlando. He was back against ASU after sitting out injured against USC, and he contributed 10 points and 11 boards. Dual-sport standout Teyo Johnson made his first start, becoming the first football/hoops starter at Stanford since John Paye.
The Sun Devils led 44-39 at the break after compiling a 15-2 run. They favored the kind of pressure game that had undone Stanford against USC, but Jacobsen's career average against the Devils (21.3 points) was higher than any other Pac-10 opponent.
"Jake" made 14 of 22 attempts from the floor, going 6-for-10 from three-point range. He drained 15 of 17 shots from the foul line. Kimberly Belton had been the most recent Stanford player to hit 40 points, doing so way back in 1980.
Lew Alcindor and Eddie House (against Cal in 2000) still share the conference record for 61 points. Jacobsen's is the sixth-highest total ever in the league.
"If you had asked me after the game, I'd have said close to 40," said Jacobsen, who broke Stoudamire's mark with 53 seconds and scored his final points 38 seconds later. "I've scored this many points before, and it didn't feel like 49."
And from the pregame chatter came this prophetic warning from Mike Montgomery, when asked about Stanford's supposed vulnerability to the press.
"We'll shred it," he said. "We'll rip it."
PAC-10 MOST POINTS (ALL GAMES)
1. 61 - Lew Alcindor, UCLA vs. WSU, Feb. 25, 1967
61 - Eddie House, ASU vs. CAL, Jan. 8, 2000
3. 58 - Gary Payton, OSU vs. USC, Feb. 22, 1990
4. 56 - Lew Alcindor, UCLA vs. USC, Dec. 3, 1966
5. 50 - Hank Luisetti, STAN vs. Duquesne, Jan. 1, 1938
6. 49 - Bob Houbregs, WASH vs. Idaho, Jan. 10, 1953
49 - Casey Jacobsen, STAN vs. ASU, Jan. 31, 2002
8. 48 - Mel Counts, OSU vs. LSU, Dec. 26, 1963
48 - Gary Payton, OSU vs. Loyola Marymount, Dec. 19, 1989
48 - Ed Gray, CAL vs. WSU, Feb. 22, 1997
*Pac-10 men's basketball media guide
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