No. 13 Stanford 72, Iowa 58
NEW YORK (AP) _ Freshman Casey Jacobsen scored 17 points and the Collins twins combined for 35 points and 22 rebounds Friday night as No. 13 Stanford beat Iowa 72-58 in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden.
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.
Connecticut beat Duke 71-66 in the third-place game.
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 12:29 to play after a 3-pointer by Jacobsen. The Hawkeyes missed nine of their first 11 shots in the second half and couldn’t recover.
Jacobsen, who was 6-for-9 from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range, followed that 3-pointer with a jumper and another 3 as he scored eight straight points for the Cardinal. Iowa got within 56-48 with 8:15 left on a drive by Jacob Jaacks, but Jacobsen scored on a drive and, after Jason Collins’ free throw, Stanford rebounded the miss of the second and got the ball to Jacobsen for another 3 that made it 62-48 with 7:13 to play.
Dean Oliver and Jaacks each had 13 points for Iowa and Rob Griffin had 12.