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Late 16-0 run keys Alabama upset

3/22/2004

SEATTLE (AP) -- This time, there was no fantastic finish for
Stanford.

Dan Grunfeld missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Cardinal
became the first No. 1 seed to exit the NCAA Tournament on
Saturday, upset by Alabama 70-67.

Kennedy Winston scored 21 points and eighth-seeded Alabama shot
10-of-14 from the free throw line in the final minute.

Matt Lottich hit a 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining to pull
the Cardinal to 70-67 and Alabama's Earnest Shelton missed two free
throws at the other end to give Stanford a last shot.

Twice earlier this season, Stanford (30-2) stayed unbeaten with
wild shots at the buzzer, including one that brought alum Tiger
Woods running onto the home court.

Stanford's loss came two weeks to the day that the Cardinal
sustained their only regular-season setback, a 75-62 defeat at
Washington -- just a few miles from the site of this stunner.

It looked like the Cardinal wouldn't need a last-second shot to
beat Alabama after taking a 53-40 with 7:40 left.

But the Crimson Tide rallied with a 16-0 run.

The Tide (19-13) advanced to the round of 16 for the first time
since 1991, and Alabama will play next week in Phoenix against
Syracuse.

Alabama's players raced onto the court to celebrate, with Brock
Davis falling to the floor and Antoine Pettway mugging for the
first television camera he came across.

The second round has been rough on Stanford recently, with the
Cardinal (30-2) losing at this point for the fifth time in the last
six years.

Stanford was a No. 1 seed in 2000, losing to No. 8 North
Carolina. Earlier in the day in Seattle, Nevada stunned No. 2
Gonzaga.

Pac-10 player of the year Josh Childress scored 12 points, but
he fouled out with 3:18 to play and watched the final minutes
standing at the end of the Stanford bench.

Childress' last two fouls came seconds apart.

He banked in an 8-footer but it was waved off after he was
called for an offensive foul. Seconds later he was whistled for a
hold at the other end, and Tide fans were on their feet cheering.

Shelton scored 14 points for Alabama, while Chuck Davis and
Pettway each added 12.

The Tide made a stunning turnaround after a listless first 10
minutes of the second half. Alabama missed 16 of its first 17 field
goal attempts after the break.

Stanford took advantage, using a 12-2 run to build a 51-39 lead
after Childress hit a jumper with 11:20 remaining.

Alabama slowly woke up, though. Shelton hit a 3-pointer, pulling
the Tide to 53-48 with 5:59 to play, and it was 53-50 after Evan
Brock's two free throws with 5:18 to go.

The Tide kept coming, too. Davis made both free throws in a
one-and-one situation, and Pettway hit a 3-pointer with 4:04 to
play, giving the Tide a 55-53 lead.

With 13.5 seconds on the clock, Alabama fans started chanting
"overrated."

The Tide players weren't intimidated, and they showed in the
first half they had the athleticism to compete with Stanford.

"They weren't overrated. We were underrated," read a sign in
the Alabama locker room.

Stanford led 39-37 at the break, aided by a 20-10 rebounding
advantage that included 10 on the offensive end. But Alabama shot
52 percent from the floor and 14-of-18 from the line to keep things
close.