SEATTLE (AP) -- Casey Jacobsen talked little about himself or Washington's Doug Wrenn, the player chasing the Stanford star for the Pac-10 scoring title.
"I could care less about the points he scored when all we need is every single win," Jacobsen said. "We just needed to beat Washington."
The Cardinal (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) did it behind another brilliant outing from Jacobsen, who scored 31 points in a 91-65 victory over the
struggling Huskies on Thursday night.
Jacobsen has topped the 40-point mark twice this month, getting
49 against Arizona State -- one point off the school record -- and 41
against Oregon two games later.
This time, he outshined Wrenn, who had 24 points on 9-of-23 shooting.
Jacobsen was 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 9-of-10 from the free throw line and added three rebounds and two assists.
"I always take these matchups as a personal challenge, as does
he," Jacobsen said.
Wrenn, who had scored 30 or more points in four of his last five
games, finished with 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the
season. He was the only player in double figures in points or rebounds for Washington (8-16, 2-12), which has lost five straight and eight of nine.
"He's a great player, an All-American," Wrenn said of Jacobsen. "I want to get to his status one day so I can get some of those calls (from the referees)."
This game was a far cry from Stanford's 105-60 rout of Washington on Jan. 19 at Maples Pavilion, the Huskies' third-worst defeat in school history.
Washington began the second half with an 8-3 spurt to pull within 45-41 with 16:05 left before Stanford (16-6, 9-4) responded with an 11-2 run. Washington never came closer than 10 points again.
"We lacked energy, particularly early in the game," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We had a chance to go up by a lot, but we didn't get it done because we missed a lot of easy shots."
The Cardinal shot 43.8 percent (28-of-64), including 41.4
percent in the second half, and made 8-of-18 3-pointers.
Curtis Borchardt, a 7-foot, 240-pound center from nearby
Redmond, Wash., added 15 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks for
Stanford, but he was held without a field goal from four minutes
into the game until about six minutes were left.
"We kind of let up at the start of the second half," Borchardt said. "Against a better team or in a closer game, that type of letup could come back to bite us."
Washington is in ninth place in the Pac-10 and must move up a
spot and pass Oregon State to qualify for the conference
tournament. Coach Bob Bender's job security is uncertain as the
team has a chance for its third consecutive 20-loss season.
Borchardt and Jacobsen scored Stanford's first 15 points and the Cardinal held the Huskies without a rebound until Wrenn pulled one down at 13:17.
Stanford got many second and third opportunities on offense and took an 11-0 lead on the boards. The Cardinal finished with a 48-32 rebounding advantage and had outrebounded the Huskies 19-2 midway through the first half. Stanford led 42-33 at halftime after Washington finished the half with an 11-6 run.
"We never looked like we were even going to have the chance for a rebound on our end," Bender said. "What they did giving themselves second chances certainly was a big factor."