STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Even without preseason All-American pick
Josh Childress, No. 20 Stanford had too much firepower for
Justin Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Cardinal
win their 16th consecutive season opener, 77-59 Saturday night over
Sacramento State.Matt Lottich added 13 points and Rob Little had 12 for the
Cardinal, who shot 50 percent from the field."It's a nice start," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said.
"This is what you have to do; you have to play games. We turned
the ball over too much, and a lot of those were unforced errors
from not reacting well to their pressure, or we didn't read each
other very well."Jameel Pugh, a transfer from Massachusetts, scored 18 points for
the Hornets, looking for their first winning season since 1988-89.
They lost their third straight season opener."We brought him here to help elevate the program," Hornets
coach Jerome Jenkins said. "I think he's going to be huge."Stanford outrebounded the Hornets 46-22.Childress, who has a stress reaction in his left foot, missed
his first college game."I hope I never have to do that again," he said. "I can't
remember the last time I sat out a whole game."Hornets' center Tony Champion left the game with an apparent
left knee injury with 11:47 to play in the first half but was able
to return for the second half.Joel Jones hit a 3-pointer with 12:25 left to play to pull the
Hornets to 49-43. They stuck around a while until the Cardinal used
a 13-2 run to pull away in the final eight minutes. Matt Haryasz
made a pair of baskets during the run."Haryasz can come in and do a lot for us," Davis said. "He
can do everything I am capable of doing, and that's a huge asset"Sacramento State never got closer than 13 points the rest of the
way."We made a run at them but they got their composure back,"
Jenkins said. "They're very disciplined and stick to the game
plan. They will be more explosive with Childress on the floor."Stanford went on a 20-2 run midway through the first half --
highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Lottich -- to expand its
lead to 39-19.Sacramento State outscored the Cardinal 8-2 in the final two
minutes of the half to cut the deficit to 41-27 at the break.