Sunday , Mar , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Lovin’ Lottich: Stanford wins Pac-10 tourney

=== Lovin’ Lottich: Stanford wins Pac-10 tourney ===

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Matt Lottich scored 20 points to lead the
second-ranked Stanford Cardinal to its first Pac-10 Conference Tournament
championship, 77-66, over the Washington Huskies at the Staples Center.

“You got to love Matt Lottich,” Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. “He’s got
so much pride in himself and so much competitiveness. He made some huge shots,
as always.”

Josh Childress added 14 points and nine rebounds and four assists for the top-
seeded Cardinal (29-1), who avenged their only loss of the season. The Huskies
beat Stanford 75-62 in the regular-season finale on March 6 to spoil
Stanford’s attempt at a perfect season.

“We wanted to avenge our only loss of the season,” said Childress, tourney
MVP. “I was fired up. I’m definitely glad we got to play them again.”

Justin Davis chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds, as Stanford most
likely wrapped up a top seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal
will probably also end the season on top of the polls thanks to previously
unbeaten Saint Joseph’s loss in the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10
Tournament earlier this week.

Nate Robinson scored 16 points with five assists to lead the second-seeded
Huskies (19-11), who had a six-game winning streak halted.

Leading by just three with eight minutes gone in the second half, Stanford
scored eight consecutive points to take its largest lead of the game to that
point, 59-48. Joe Kirchofer had four of the eight points, capping the spurt
with a layup at the 9:20 mark.

The Huskies managed to draw within 65-60 with 6:39 left thanks to three
straight points scored by Robinson. However, Stanford managed to keep
Washington at bay expanding the lead to eight, 70-62, on a three-pointer by
Lottich with 5:19 left.

Washington would get within 70-64 with 2:59 on the clock courtesy of two
Brandon Roy free throws, but Stanford would be able to hold off the Huskies
and win going away.

Kirchofer ended with 11 points and eight boards for Stanford, which heads into
the NCAA tourney with three straight wins.

The Huskies suffered from poor shooting, finishing just 25-of-65 from the
field for 38 percent. Washington also went only 3-of-17 from three-point
range and 13-of-21 from the free throw line.

Stanford went an impressive 32-of-61 from the floor for 52 percent. The club
only shot 5-of-18 from three, but hit 8-of-12 from the stripe.

Lottich, who also had six boards and five assists, went 8-of-17 from the field
and 4-of-10 from three.

In the first half, the Huskies held a 31-26 lead with eight minutes left when
Stanford ran off 12 straight points to take a 38-31 advantage. Lottich’s
three-pointer with 3:16 remaining capped the spurt, which saw Davis score five
points. From there, the Cardinal cruised into halftime with a 45-39 cushion.

Mike Jensen and Bobby Jones each had 11 points for Washington.