SEATTLE (AP) _ Stanford flirted with going from Final Four to first-round flop in one season Thursday before overcoming a miserable 16-minute stretch of the second half to escape with a 69-57 victory over Alcorn State.

Stanford (26-6), the No. 2 seed in the West, outscored the Braves 14-2 over the final four minutes after Alcorn State had rallied from 14 points down at halftime to tie it at 55.

Mark Madsen, who led the Cardinal with 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, scored five during the late run, including a three-point play to cap an 8-0 spurt that put Stanford up 63-55 with 1:53 to play.

Arthur Lee, who added 13 points, made 6-of-6 free throws in the last 2:38 as Stanford went 23-for-26 at the line, 16-for-18 in the second half. Peter Sauer scored 12 for the Cardinal but only one in the second half.

Alcorn State (23-7), a Mississippi school of about 3,000 making its first NCAA appearance in 15 years, fell behind 21-6 and was down 40-26 at the half behind Madsen's 16 points.