4:00 PM ET, January 4, 2004
Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Montgomery knows Stanford's days of easy victories are over. His team now realizes it, too.Justin Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds and led a second-half charge for the Cardinal (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP), who needed a strong finish to defeat Washington 85-72 on Sunday and remain undefeated."They gave us some anxious moments," Montgomery said. "They're certainly capable of scoring in bunches."Chris Hernandez had 13 points and nine assists and Nick Robinson added 13 points, and Stanford shot 59.6 percent to beat the Huskies for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings.Robinson was 6-of-7 from the field and had four assists."I see an open shot and I'm going to take it every time," he said. "I'm always looking to hit if there's an open look."Nate Robinson scored 16 points and Tre Simmons had 13 for Washington (5-5, 0-2 Pac-10).Stanford (11-0, 2-0) welcomed the return of Montgomery, who served a one-game suspension -- the first of his career -- during Friday's win over Washington State for making contact with an official during a game against Arizona State last season. Assistant Tony Fuller ran the team as Montgomery missed his first game in 18 seasons with the Cardinal.Montgomery received a standing ovation when he walked onto the court before tipoff, and he smiled and waved to the fans who sit behind his bench.Josh Childress, Stanford's top returning scorer from last season playing only his second game after recovering from a left foot injury, scored four points with a dunk and grabbed five rebounds in 13 minutes. He picked up two quick fouls."We just tried to make sure he didn't foul out within 10 minutes," Montgomery said jokingly. Childress was expected to play only 12 minutes after going seven minutes Friday night."I kind of anticipated Josh being a little rugged and trying to do too much," Montgomery said. "He's just got to get back in game shape."After Washington started the second half with five straight points to pull within 41-39 on a 3-pointer by Simmons, the Cardinal scored 10 straight points -- the first four by Robinson, then six straight by Davis -- to make it 51-39."At times, we were a little frustrated," Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said. "We knocked on the door and a guy gets loose and makes a 3. We continued to knock on the door but we couldn't get over the hump."Washington, which shot 39 percent in its 76-62 loss Friday at California, was slightly better in this game, making 41.8 percent. The Huskies were outrebounded 32-27."They just had too many weapons for us," Washington's Nate Robinson said. "It seemed like whenever they needed a basket, boom, there it was."Stanford never trailed in either of its first two conference games.The Cardinal hit six of their first eight shots and held Washington without a basket until Mike Jensen's baseline jumper at 16:27. The Huskies stayed within striking distance with 12 trips to the free throw line but often were shooting as the shot clock expired because of the Cardinal's tight defensive pressure that led to a 41-34 halftime lead for Stanford.Washington hasn't beaten a Top Five team on the road since a 58-53 win at No. 4 Saint Louis in 1951."We still feel really good about this team," Romar said. "We're 5-5 and 0-2 in conference, but we're doing a lot of things right."
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