Freshman Casey Jacobsen scored 17 points and the Collins twins combined for 35 points and 22 rebounds as No. 13 Stanford defeated Iowa, 72-58, last night in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Cardinal, who beat No. 10 Duke 80-79 in overtime in the opening round, played without Mark Madsen, their only returning starter from last season, who pulled a hamstring on Thursday.
His loss up front didn't matter with 6-foot-11 Jason Collins, who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and 6-10 Jarron Collins, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds, overcoming an Iowa front line that played well in a 70-68 upset of top-ranked and defending national champion Connecticut in the opening round.
Jarron Collins was selected the tournament MVP. The Cardinal finished with a 45-33 rebound advantage.
Michael McDonald hit a 25-footer at the halftime buzzer to give Stanford a 39-31 lead and that became 47-35 with 12 minutes 29 seconds to play after a three-pointer by Jacobsen.
* CONNECTICUT 71, DUKE 66: Last March, the Huskies beat the Blue Devils in the national championship game. Last night the top-ranked Huskies won again, but this time it was for third place in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Albert Mouring went 4 for 6 from three-point range in the second half and scored 22 points to lead Connecticut over No. 10 Duke one day after the Huskies were stunned by Iowa in the opening round.
The Blue Devils, who had their worst shooting game in Coach Mike Krzyzewski's 20 seasons in the opening-round loss to No. 13 Stanford, again struggled from the field and dropped to 0-2 for the first time since the 1958-59 team began 0-3.
"I hope my athletic director isn't one of those fair weather fans," Krzyzewski said before turning serious. "This is a good group that is only going to get better by playing good opponents."
* SYRACUSE 60, PRINCETON 43: Ryan Blackwell scored 18 points and keyed a first-half surge that put the No. 17 Orangemen ahead by 26 points in the first round of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Classic in Syracuse, N.Y.
Syracuse will play Wisconsin in the championship game tonight. The Badgers defeated Missouri, 66-55, in the tournament opener earlier yesterday.
The Orangemen gave Coach Jim Boeheim his 550th victory without starting center Etan Thomas, who was being treated with antibiotics at a hospital for an abscess in his groin area. Thomas's status for the championship had not yet been determined.