Originally created 02/28/04

Stanford saves party for later

STANFORD, Calif. - Nearly two hours after top-ranked Stanford's latest win, star Josh Childress stood in one corner of empty Maples Pavilion, holding dumbbells in each hand and doing lunges.

The only people around were about a half-dozen custodians sweeping the bleachers.

Why on earth would he be working out so late after a game?

"I didn't play too much tonight," Childress said with a smile. "I can do this."

Childress actually played more minutes than the rest of his teammates in the unbeaten Cardinal's school-record 24th-straight victory, a 73-47 win over Oregon State on Thursday night.

But there will be plenty of time to celebrate later. Many of his teammates share that sentiment.

"It's a special thing to be 24-0 and undefeated," point guard Chris Hernandez said. "But we're just thinking about winning the next game."

Childress, a junior All-American candidate, had 12 points, five assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in 25 minutes for the Cardinal, who remained one of two undefeated teams in Division I. No. 2 Saint Joseph's is 25-0.

"I guess you guys want me to say we want to lose a game?" Childress said. "We want to win as many as we can. ... After accomplishing our first goal to win the Pac-10, we set another goal - to go undefeated in the regular season. I think that can be accomplished."

No team has entered the NCAA Tournament without a loss since UNLV in 1991.

The last team to finish the entire season unbeaten was Indiana in 1976.

The Cardinal have already won their fourth conference title in six seasons, and they play Oregon in their final home game today.

Only twice in the 36-year-history of the arena has Stanford gone undefeated at home - in 1988-89 and 1996-97. The Cardinal have a 17-game home winning streak against the Ducks, who blew a 19-point second-half lead when the teams played last month in Eugene.

Stanford finishes the regular season at Washington State and Washington next week, and the Cardinal are hoping to get forward Justin Davis back from a knee injury by the Pac-10 tournament, which begins March 11 in Los Angeles.


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