Bench helps Stanford bounce Purdue, 67-59 Collins gives Cardinal needed boost in semifinal

Midwest Regional

March 21, 1998|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

ST. LOUIS -- When he opens his mouth he's extremely soft-spoken, almost to a point where you have to strain to hear. His demeanors is polite almost to a fault, and he's not particularly imposing with a body frame that's not yet developed.

So it's pretty unlikely that a guy like Stanford reserve forward Jarron Collins would stand out in last night's Midwest Region semifinal against Purdue, not in a game that lived up to its billing of being extremely physical. But that's exactly what he did, matching a career-high with 12 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds as he led Stanford to a 67-59 win over Purdue.

In advancing to tomorrow's regional final against the winner of last night's Valparaiso-Rhode Island game, the second-seeded Cardinal improved to 29-4. That marks the most wins in Stanford history: The last team that set the previous mark with 28 wins went on to win the 1942 NCAA title.

"It's great to be in the [elite] eight," said Stanford coach Mike Montgomery. "These kids have worked hard all year."

When Montgomery looked at the final statistics, he had to breathe a sigh of relief. He got very little from his starting backcourt of Arthur Lee and Kris Weems, who shot a combined 3-for-22 from the field. And he just barely squeezed 20 minutes out of 7-foot center Tim Young who, playing with foul trouble the entire game, had six points and four rebounds.

But Collins gave the Cardinal the lift at the end of the first half, turning a seven-point deficit into an 11-point halftime lead. And reserve sophomore guard David Moseley hit a big three-pointer with 1: 09 left in the game, giving Stanford a 63-57 lead after Purdue had cut what had been an 11-point deficit to three.

"It was kind of 'no, no, no -- good shot' kind of thing,' " Collins said of Moseley's three-pointer. "He made a real big shot down the stretch."

This game was won in the first half, when Stanford survived a slow start -- and a scoreless stretch of 5: 18 -- to take that 37-26 halftime lead. Collins, who played a combined eight minutes in the first- and second-round games in Chicago last week, had 10 points and seven rebounds in seven first-half minutes -- a big reason why Stanford had a 22-10 rebounding edge, and a 15-0 advantage on second-chance points.

"My job is to come in and give the team a lift," Collins said. "I wanted to come in and bring some energy."

Said Montgomery of Collins: "Wherever the ball was, he seemed to be. He wasn't getting locked in like our other front-line guys -- he was able to free himself. He reacted to the ball really well. We didn't really have a choice but to put him in."

And it was more of the same in the second half, with Young and forward Mark Madsen sitting much of the second half with foul trouble the reserves sustained the lead. It was only after the starters returned with 3: 42 left that Purdue made a run, but Moseley's three ended any chance of a comeback.

STANFORD -- Sauer 4-10 0-0 9, Madsen 6-8 3-5 15, Young 3-5 0-0 6, Weems 0-10 0-1 0, Lee 3-11 6-6 13, McDonald 0-1 2-2 2, Moseley 3-10 2-2 10, Jar.Collins 5-9 2-3 12, Mendez 0-2 0-0 0, Van Elswyk 0-0 0-0 0, Seaton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-66 15-19 67.

PURDUE -- Robinson 3-11 2-2 9, Cardinal 4-11 2-4 11, Miller 5-11 3-4 13, Austin 4-18 2-2 12, Eldridge 2-8 0-0 5, McQuay 1-3 0-0 2, Mayfield 1-2 0-0 2, Cornell 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 21-67 11-14 59.

Halftime--Stanford 37-26. 3-point goals--Stanford 4-16 (Moseley 2-5, Lee 1-2, Sauer 1-4, Jar.Collins 0-1, Mendez 0-1, Weems 0-3), Purdue 6-29 (Austin 2-9, Cornell 1-3, Robinson 1-4, Cardinal 1-6, Eldridge 1-6, Miller 0-1). Fouled out--Madsen. Rebounds--Stanford 53 (Madsen 13), Purdue 40 (Miller 11). Assists--Stanford 14 (Sauer, Lee 3), Purdue 17 (Cardinal, Austin, Eldridge, Mayfield 3). Total fouls--Stanford 16, Purdue 20. A--22,172.

Pub Date: 3/21/98

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