Stanford downs WSU in CBI

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WICHITA, Kan. -- An early-game scoreless slump gave Stanford a lead it would never relinquish, and ended Wichita State's season with a 70-56 win Monday evening in the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational inside Charles Koch Arena.

Clevin Hannah hit a trey with time winding down for his 13th point, and became WSU's leading scorer in the loss. J.T. Durley added 11 points, and led the Shockers' rebounding effort with eight boards.

Stanford's Lawrence Hill led all scorers with 21 points in the game. Anthony Goods added 18 points while Landry Fields led all Cardinal rebounders with seven boards.

Wichita State got off to a cold-shooting start in the first half, going just 4-for-17 to begin the game, while Stanford scorched the nets in the early going, building a 28-10 lead in the game's first 10 minutes.

David Kyles came off the bench to spark the Shocker shooting with back-to-back fadeaway jumpers to cut the lead to 16. A three from Clevin Hannah and Toure Murry cut the lead to as few as 13, 32-19, late in the first half, but the Cardinal's hot shooting continued as Lawrence Hill knocked two-straight jumpers from the elbow to help Stanford to a 42-26 halftime lead.

Murry led the Shockers with six points in the first half, and J.T. Durley grabbed five boards for the Shockers. For Stanford, Lawrence Hill scored 11 and Anthony Goods had 9.

WSU shot just .321 in the first half (9-28), while Stanford was at the .607 mark (17-28) to help give them the healthy halftime cushion.

Stanford maintained its distance throughout the second half, and extended its lead to 19 on a Hill trey at the 16:50 mark. That sparked a 16-8 Shocker run thanks to six points over the next eight minutes from J.T. Durley, but WSU couldn't get any closer as the Cardinal advanced to the CBI semi-finals with the 70-56 win.

Wichita State finished the game shooting .340 from the field (18-53), while Stanford converted 50.9 percent of its attempts (27-53) from the floor. The Cardinal held the edge in rebounding, grabbing 37 boards while limiting WSU to 31 rebounds in the contest.

The Shockers finished the season at 17-17, while the Cardinal will head into the semifinal round with a 20-13 record.

Stanford will square off against Pac-10 foe Oregon State in Corvallis on Wednesday with a berth in the CBI's best-of-three championship series on the line.

Stanford and Oregon State will battle for the fourth time this year, with the Cardinal winning 62-54 two weeks ago in the play-in round of the Pac-10 Tournament after the Beavers swept both meetings by double-digits in the regular season series.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: