No. 15 Stanford 70, Valparaiso 65
HILO, Hawaii (AP) _ Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery watched with envy as he saw Bryce Drew, a player he desperately wanted, nearly beat his No. 15 ranked Cardinals Saturday night.
Stanford needed 19 of 24 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold off a furious Valparaiso comeback and win 70-65 in the Big Island Invitational Basketball Tournament.
``We tried real hard to recruit Bryce,″ Montgomery said. ``But he chose to stay home.″
The 3-0 Cardinals meet Butler in the final of the tournament on Sunday. The Crusaders, who fall to 1-3, play Pacific for third place.
Drew scored the final two of his 16 fourth-period points to cut Stanford’s lead to 65-62 with 37 seconds left. But Valparaiso had to send Stanford to the line to stop the clock and Mark Madsen scored three of four free throws in the final 36 seconds of the game to keep the Crusaders out of reach.
``He’s a tremendous player, and he’s the reason they are going to win a bunch of games.″ Montgomery said.
Drew hit four 3-pointers in the fourth period, and at one point scored eight straight in less than a minute to narrow Stanford’s lead to 56-54 with 2:21 left in the game. He ended up with 25 points on the night.
Zoran Viskovic and Antanas Vilcinskas each added 10 points. Five Valparaiso players fouled out of the game.
Stanford was paced by Tim Young with 17 points, including 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Madsen and Arthur Lee each chipped in with 11 points in a game that saw the Cardinals hit 35-of-48 free throws.
Stanford trailed 19-15 with 8:54 left in the second period but then went on a 14-0 run to take a 29-19 lead with 3:18 left in the half.
Six different Cardinal players scored during the run, which was broken by Zoran Viskovic’s jumper with 2:53 left in the second quarter.
Stanford led 33-23 at the half.