Cardinal win: Stanford upsets No. 1 Kansas
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) – Matt Lottich scored 18 points, including a pair
of key three-pointers down the stretch, as No. 17 Stanford knocked off top-
ranked Kansas, 64-58, in the John Wooden Classic.
Chris Hernandez added 11 points and Joe Kirchofer scored 10 for the Cardinal
(4-0), who likely ended the Jayhawks’ brief stint atop the national rankings.
Aaron Miles led Kansas (3-1) with 11 points, followed by Keith Langford and
Wayne Simien, who scored 10 apiece.
The Jayhawks, who vaulted to No. 1 after the nation’s top four teams lost last
week, trailed from the opening basket until Langford’s three-point play gave
them a 46-45 advantage with less than 9:00 to play in the game.
But the lead was short-lived.
Lottich responded at the other end with a three-pointer, giving the Cardinal a
48-46 edge with 8:05 to play. That touched off a 7-0 Stanford run, capped by
Hernandez’s free throws at 6:24, which made it a 52-46 game.
Kansas responded with an 8-2 burst, pulling even at 54-54 when Simien made a
pair of free throws with 4:26 remaining. Lottich was 2-of-2 from the line at
the other end to restore Stanford’s lead at 56-54, and then drained a three
with 2:27 left to give the Cardinal a 59-55 cushion.
Kansas was never closer than that the rest of the way.
Stanford more or less dominated the first half, leading all the way from the
game’s first bucket, a three-pointer from Lottich less than a minute into
Kansas was within 13-11 six minutes later, but the Cardinal set out on a 14-4
run for their biggest lead of the stanza. Kirchofer capped the burst and gave
Stanford a 27-15 advantage with 5:50 remaining in the half.
The Jayhawks pulled as close as 32-29 when Bryant Nash’s free throws capped a
14-5 spurt with under a minute to play, but Stanford ended the half with four
straight points and led 36-29 heading into the locker room.