Jan. 27, 2000
By ROB GLOSTER
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford coach Mike Montgomery has talked all season long about his team's depth. And never was it more evident than Thursday night, when the second-ranked Cardinal routed struggling Washington.
Mark Madsen had 18 points and Casey Jacobsen scored 17, including four 3-pointers, as Stanford beat Washington 92-62, giving the Huskies' their sixth straight loss. Madsen moved within four points of becoming the 27th Stanford player with 1,000 career points.
Jason Collins added 17 points off the bench for the Cardinal (16-1, 5-1 Pac-10), who had a 28-point lead in the first half and led by 45 in the second half. Stanford shot 53 percent for the game, including 60 percent (9-for-15) from 3-point range.
"This was a pretty pleasing win for us," said Montgomery, usually a tough guy to please. "We ran the break really well in the first half and we got a big cushion. Washington kind of got back on its heels."
Stanford went to its bench early and often. No starter played more than 23 minutes, and five backups got to play 15 minutes or more.
"We got beat in every way you can get beat on a basketball court. Stanford can do this to a lot of teams in the country. Their depth just wears on you," Washington coach Bob Bender said. "I don't think there are too many teams that can handle the depth of a team like Stanford. We could not match up with them at all, not today and not for a while."
Reserve Will Perkins had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (6-13, 1-6), whose losing streak is their longest since a nine-game skid in 1994. Two Washington starters, Thalo Green and David Dixon, went scoreless. And Deon Luton was held to 13 points, two below his season average, though he still moved up four spots on the Washington career scoring list. He is tied for 12th with 1,326 points.
The Huskies were missing forward Chris Walcott, who had arthroscopic knee surgery earlier Thursday and will be sidelined for up to three weeks. Walcott has been Washington's top percentage shooter and 3-point shooter this season.
"Losing Walcott for them was a big problem because they're not real deep in the middle," Montgomery said. "Our guys got a lot of quality minutes, which is what we hoped to do. I wanted to really play our backup guards as much as possible tonight."
The game was decided early in the first half. After falling behind 6-2 in the opening two minutes, Stanford went on a 23-2 run - holding the Huskies scoreless for 4:33 at one point during that span - to take control.
The Cardinal built their lead to 50-22 late in the first half, and led by 26 points at halftime. Consecutive 3-pointers by David Moseley and Jacobsen made it 63-31 with 16:41 remaining, and Stanford doubled the Huskies' score at 78-39. Stanford took its biggest lead, 89-44, with 6:10 remaining on a bank shot by Curtis Borchardt.