Feb. 22, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. -- For the second time this season, top-ranked Stanford got all it could handle from Washington State, and for the second time this season, the Cardinal had just enough to defeat the Cougars.
Despite a season-high 29 points from sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.), WSU (11-13, 4-10) came up short, falling to the Cardinal (24-1, 12-1) 75-64.
Stanford rallied from a 33-25 halftime deficit to post the victory. Trailing 35-28, the Cardinal went on a 17-2 run to take a 45-37 lead with 13:45 to play. Stanford converted nine of its first 10 shots in the second half after shooting just 9-of-25 from the field in the first half.
"Our guys showed tonight where we are trying to get this basketball program," WSU head coach Paul Graham said. "They gave themselves a chance to win and that's all I can ask for."
Stanford built its second half lead to 10 at 53-43 before the Cougars used a 10-2 run to close to within two at 55-53 with 6:56 to play. McNair scored five points during the spurt and freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) finished the run with a three-pointer. Moore finished with 16 points. McNair and Moore combined for all but four of WSU's second half points.
After dropping a 72-61 decision to Stanford in Pullman, January 27, the Cougars made a bid for the upset, opening a 20-12 lead with 8:08 left in the first half on the strength of a 12-0 run. McNair and sophomore David Adams (Tacoma) keyed the rally with five points each.
Washington State outrebounded Stanford 24-21 led by sophomore Milton Riley's (Gardena, Calif.) seven and six from Moore. The Cougars 57 percent shooting from the field and 62 percent shooting from three-point range are both team season-highs.
WSU plays at California, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.