Auburn Coach Cliff Ellis knew Stanford's freshmen were talented before the Tigers played them. The youngsters proved just how good when they took over with the pressure on.
Freshman Curtis Borchardt hit a three-pointer to snap a tie with 1 minute 35 seconds remaining and No. 9 Stanford hung on to beat second-ranked Auburn, 67-58, yesterday in the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
Borchardt and Jarron Collins combined for 13 of Stanford's final 15 points. Borchardt led the Cardinal with 15 points and Collins added 13 points as Stanford (5-0) beat a ranked opponent for the third time this month. Four of the Cardinal's games have been on the road.
After Auburn's Doc Robinson tied the game at 56 on a three-pointer, the 6-foot-11 Borchardt answered with a three from the top of the key to give Stanford the lead for good.
* TEXAS 81, MICHIGAN ST. 74: No. 20 Texas erased a seven-point halftime deficit to upset the third-ranked Spartans for the Puerto Rico Shootout championship in Bayamon.
Chris Mihm helped carry the Longhorns back into contention with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. And he did it with several Spartans on his back each time he touched the ball.
Michigan State trailed 77-74 and had the ball with 34 seconds to go, but Gabe Muoneke stole a pass and kicked it ahead to Ivan Wagner for a clinching dunk to send Texas to its first 4-0 start in three seasons.
* DUKE 81, USC 68: Chris Carrawell scored 24 points as the 16th-ranked Blue Devils rolled to the win at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
Duke (3-2) made use of an exceptional defensive effort by junior Shane Battier and received significant contributions from its freshmen in scoring its third decisive victory after season-opening losses to Stanford and Connecticut.
Nate James (St. John's-Prospect Hall) had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, and freshmen Mike Dunleavy and Jason Williams each scored 13 points for Duke.
* CREIGHTON 85, IOWA 76: Ryan Sears and Ben Walker each had 19 points and six rebounds as host Creighton upset No. 23 Iowa (2-2) for the second straight season. Matt West had 13 points and Nerijus Karlikanovas added 11 for the Bluejays, who beat Iowa 75-73 last season in Iowa City.
The Jays (2-0) trailed just once, after Iowa center Jacob Jaacks opened the game with a layup, and never let the Hawkeyes even tie it once they took the lead. Creighton fans, who chanted "over-rated" in the final minute, rushed the floor after the buzzer and swarmed the Jays at midcourt.
* DePAUL 58, SOUTH CAROLINA 46: DePaul Coach Pat Kennedy has always said his team is more than star sophomore Quentin Richardson. The 18th-ranked Blue Demons (3-1) proved him right, surviving one of Richardson's worst games to beat South Carolina and take third place at the Puerto Rico Shootout in Bayamon.
Paul McPherson scored 14 points and grabbed five offensive rebounds. Freshman Steven Hunter was 6 for 6 and Bobby Simmons had 10 points in the final seven minutes. Richardson finished with five points.
* UCLA 105, IONA 73: Earl Watson scored 18 points and handed out a game-high seven assists as the 13th-ranked Bruins won in Los Angeles.
Sophomore Ray Young added a career-high 17 points, Jerome Moiso had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Dan Gadzuric and JaRon Rush scored 11 points each for the Bruins (2-0).
UCLA led 43-34 at halftime and 57-46 when Watson and Young hit back-to-back three-point shots, making it 62-47. The Gaels weren't closer than 14 points after that.
* OKLAHOMA ST. 103, NORTH TEXAS 65: Glendon Alexander scored 19 points as the No. 21 Cowboys won in a rout in Stillwater, Okla. Brian Montonati had 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in 26 minutes. Desmond Mason had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Doug Gottlieb had 16 assists and 13 points.
Frederik Jonzen added 15 points, and Alex Webber scored a dozen for the Cowboys (4-0), who shot close to 60 percent and outrebounded North Texas, 58-46.
* CINCINNATI 88, SANTA CLARA 67: The top-ranked Bearcats opened the game with an 11-0 run and went on to beat Santa Clara in a semifinal of the Big Island Invitational in Hilo, Hawaii.
Senior center Kenyon Martin had 19 points and freshman guard DerMarr Johnson had 16 for Cincinnati. The Bearcats (3-0) will face the winner of the Arkansas-Iowa State game for the title on today.
CAPTION: Cincinnati's Jermaine Tate shoots in second-round game of Big Island Classic. The Bearcats beat Santa Clara, 88-67.