Kansas runs by Stanford without limp

Hinrich, Jayhawks open gap, don't look back, 86-63

Midwest Regional

March 17, 2002|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

ST. LOUIS -- After watching Kansas guard Kirk Hinrich limp off the court at the Edward Jones Dome and the rest of the top-seeded Jayhawks limp away from here after Thursday night's win over 16th-seeded Holy Cross in the opening round of the NCAA Midwest Regional, many figured history was going to repeat itself.

History did, the kind the folks in Lawrence, Kan., love to retell rather than regurgitate.

Giving his team an emotional lift from his spot on the bench at the start of its game against eighth-seeded Stanford last night, Hinrich showed remarkable recuperative powers. Unfortunately, the Cardinal wasn't nearly as resilient.

In a surprisingly easy 86-63 victory, Kansas scored the game's first 15 points and Hinrich, seemingly unaffected by the severely sprained left ankle he sustained less than 48 hours before, helped the Jayhawks to a 22-point halftime lead that grew to 31.

Senior guard Jeff Boschee led Kansas (31-3) with 19 points, and senior forward Nick Collison added 17 points and 13 rebounds. Hinrich finished with 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Junior forward Casey Jacobsen led Stanford (20-10) with 24 points.

"A player with one good leg played with more heart than anybody out there," said Jacobsen.

As a result, Kansas will meet today's Illinois-Creighton winner in Friday's Sweet 16 at Madison, Wis. The Jayhawks have not gone past the third round since 1996.

"I do think there were some outside unifying causes," Kansas coach Roy Williams said. "I told the guys before the game that everybody has to do a better job focusing so that Kirk could play next week. I did say, `Let's shut everyone up and let's go out and play.' "

What was as shocking as Hinrich's ability to play, was Stanford coach Mike Montgomery's inability to keep his team in the game. As is his habit, Montgomery didn't call a timeout as Stanford was being overwhelmed in the first five minutes.

The result was the largest margin of defeat in an NCAA tournament game for the Cardinal.

"I told Coach Williams that I wished I had some of the problems that [the media] alluded to," said Montgomery. "Kansas is a great basketball team and they played great tonight. I think that's the best basketball team we've played this year. I hope they win it all."

The Jayhawks ran out to a 15-0 lead by hitting six of their first eight shots, and shutting down the Cardinal at the defensive end. Stanford committed five turnovers on its first seven possessions, when the Cardinal also had three shots blocked, including two in the same sequence by Kansas center Drew Gooden.

"I was just so hyped up before the game," said Gooden, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year who would finish with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots. "Everyone wanted to get into it and it was just contagious."

After a dunk by Stanford center Curtis Borschardt with 15:28 left in the first half finally put the Cardinal on the scoreboard, the Jayhawks kept building their lead. Hinrich came into the game with 13:05 remaining in the half, and Kansas ahead 20-6.

With the lead 23-9, Hinrich scored his team's next eight points. By the time he and the Jayhawks had finished, Kansas ran off the floor at halftime with a 48-26 lead.

The second half was merely an extension of the first, with the lead eventually growing to 80-59.

In the middle of it all was Hinrich -- making passes to the right person, diving for loose balls and jumping over cheerleaders, which he did as Williams held his breath. Hinrich wound up playing 21 minutes.

"He's just about as tough a youngster as I've ever been around," Williams said.

STANFORD--Johnson 2-4 0-0 4, Jacobsen 8-18 8-8 24, Borchardt 4-8 5-10 13, Barnes 2-7 0-0 6, Giovacchini 0-5 0-0 0, Kirchofer 0-0 0-0 0, Childress 4-11 0-0 8, Hernandez 1-4 0-0 3, Davis 2-4 0-2 4, Lottich 0-1 1-2 1, Little 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 14-22 63. KANSAS--Collison 8-14 0-2 17, Langford 1-3 0-3 2, Gooden 7-14 1-2 15, Miles 2-4 4-4 8, Boschee 6-11 2-2 19, Harrison 0-0 0-0 0, Ballard 0-1 0-0 0, Hinrich 6-9 0-0 15, Nash 0-1 0-0 0, Carey 2-2 0-0 4, Simien 3-6 0-0 6, Lee 0-1 0-0 0, Zerbe 0-1 0-0 0, Kappelmann 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-67 7-13 86. Halftime--Kansas 48, Stanford 26. 3-point goals--Stanford 3-22 (Barnes 2-4, Hernandez 1-4, Johnson 0-1, Lottich 0-1, Borchardt 0-2, Giovacchini 0-3, Jacobsen 0-3, Childress 0-4), Kansas 9-19 (Boschee 5-8, Hinrich 3-4, Collison 1-2, Ballard 0-1, Langford 0-1, Gooden 0-3). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Stanford 36 (Borchardt 11), Kansas 43 (Collison 13). Assists--Stanford 15 (Borchardt, Giovacchini, Johnson 3), Kansas 21 (Hinrich 8). Total fouls--Stanford 14, Kansas 17. A--31,484.

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