Stanford Overpowers Washington

The No. 12 ranked Stanford Cardinal was too strong, too quick, and overall just too talented for the Washington Huskies Thursday night, pulling away in the second half to a 91-65 victory in front of a subdued crowd of 6,562 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Like so many games this season, the crowd didn't have a whole lot to cheer about. It took the Cardinal only 1:19 to take a 7-2 lead, and the Huskies would only twice whittle the lead down to under that margin for the remainder of the contest.

Much of that can be attributed to the play of Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt, who combined to pummel the Huskies with a tremendous inside-outside presence. Jacobsen, the Pacific-10's leading scorer this season at 22 points per contest, was simply unstoppable, using his size at 6-6 and quick first step to tear up the Washington defense. He finished with 31 points on 9-19 shooting, including 4-8 from long range and 9-10 shooting from the charity stripe. As hard as it may seen to do, Borchardt, who attended Eastlake High School in Redmond, turned in even a more complete game with 15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks.

Washington (8-16, 2-12 Pac-10) stayed reasonably close for the first 30 minutes behind the scoring of sophomore Doug Wrenn, but they couldn't find a way to overcome a distinct rebounding disadvantage. For the game, the Cardinal had 48 boards to the Huskies' 32, and that proved to be the Achilles heal for the home team.

"I thought that Curtis [Borchardt] was a dominating force inside," said Stanford Head Coach Mike Montgomery. "[Washington] was small, which created some tough match ups for us, but I think it allowed us to rebound better."

Husky Head Coach Bob Bender credited Stanford's dominance on the glass as one of the key differences in the game. "We missed wide open shots, but even on shots that were contested we never looked like we were even going to have the chance for a rebound on our end. At the same time, every time they missed, whether it be a rebound around the basket or something long, we got the feeling it was going to be a possession for them. Our inability to get anything on the offensive end and what they did giving themselves second chances certainly was a big factor."

Wrenn finished with 24, but it came on a night where he shot just 9-23 from the field and 6-12 from the line.

Stanford (16-6, 9-4 Pac-10) took a nine-point lead into halftime looking to take the Huskies out of the game early in the second half. After Tony Giovacchini started the second half with a three pointer to make it a 12-point Stanford advantage, the hometown team fought back with an 8-0 run, sparked by two easy layins by Wrenn. A rebound and layin by Erroll Knight pulled the Huskies to within 41-45 at the 16:05 mark, but that was as close as they would come.

"We gave ourselves a chance in the second half with the run we gave and the spurt we had, but as quickly as we got back in it we got out of it again," said Bender. We missed some shots and that led to easy baskets at the other end."

The Cardinal outscored the Huskies 44-24 the rest of the way to make the game appear more lopsided than it actually was.

Game Notes:

Up Next: The Huskies will look to rebound on Saturday at 5 p.m. when they play host to the hot California Golden Bears. Coming off wins against Oregon and WSU, the Bears won't be an easy opponent for a Husky team that needs every win they can get for a chance at the Pac-10 Tournament.

Shuffling the Deck: CJ Massingale and Will Conroy started at guard, while Curtis Allen and Grant Leep began the game on the Husky bench. Massingale and Conroy handled the ball well and combined for 11 points. Allen, meanwhile, played only 21 minutes in a reserve role, but scored nine points. The senior Leep played even less, just nine minutes, and didn't score a point.

Northwest Flavor: Three Washington natives on the Cardinal roster made the trip to Seattle for tonight's contest. Junior Curtis Borchardt, an Eastlake High School product, led the Washingtonians on the night with 15 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, and five blocks.

How'd he get away? Fellow natives of the Northwest, Teyo Johnson, who starred at Mariner High School in Everett before moving to San Diego as a senior, and Mercer Island High grad Tyler Besecker also played for the visitors from Palo Alto.

Fan Favorite: Charles Frederick got some rarely-seen playing time, first checking into the game 9:20 into the second half to a loud ovation - quite possibly the largest of the evening at Hec Ed. Frederick left four minutes later, but checked back in with 2:42 remaining to more cheers. During his seven minutes on the court, he played tight defense and showed glimpses of his talent by blowing by a defender. Frederick attempted just two shots, and finished with two points. "He needs to be rewarded with time," Bender said after the game. "He's been practicing well but hadn't been rewarded with play [before tonight]."

Bobblehead Mania: Dick Erickson bobblehead dolls, sponsored by Fox Sports Net, will be distributed before Saturday's 5 p.m. game with California. Erickson coached the Husky men's crew team from 1968 to 1982, winning a national championship in 1984. He's twice been inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame, once as an athlete and another time as a coach.

Husky Stats:

Points: Wrenn 24, Knight 9, Allen 9, Dixon 6, Conroy 6, Massingale 5, Day 4, Frederick 2
Rebounds: Wrenn 11, Dixon 4, Knight 3, Day 3, Leep 3, Massingale 2, Allen, Gibbs, Frederick, Brown, Conroy
Assists: Knight 2, Massingale, Allen, Barnard, Leep
Steals: Massingale 3, Conroy 2, Wrenn, Day, Frederick
Blocks: Knight, Day. Top Stories