BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Ticker) -- Casey Jacobsen scored 18 points and David Moseley added 13 as top-seeded Stanford routed South Carolina State, 84-65, in a South Region first-round game.
Stanford (27-3), which shot an impressive 59 percent (16-of-27) in the decisive first half, will face North Carolina in the second round on Sunday. The Tar Heels advanced with a 84-70 win over Missouri.
"I am glad to have that one under out belt," Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery said. "It does not matter how many times you have to be here, every NCAA Tournament is different. You play teams that you don't know that much and there is always the potential burden of playing the 16-1 matchup and it lurks in the back of your mind." The Cardinal scored the game's first seven points, ignited by Jacobsen's jumper and Moseley's 3-pointer, and never trailed. They continued to take advantage of the Bulldogs' poor shooting and opened up a 42-19 advanage with 3 1/2 minutes remaining before the break.
South Carolina State (20-14) shot a meager 27 percent (9-of-33) over the first 20 minutes and 30 percent (21-of-70) on the night.
"Stanford hurt us because they shot the ball well tonight," Bulldogs coach Cy Alexander said. "Our guys didn't quit in the game. We played hard. We are happy to be here and look forward to being here again next season. Our guys hated the outcome tonight, but we're happy to be a part of the tournament." The onslaught continued in the second half as Stanford led by as many as 33 points (79-46) with 4:36 remaining.
Jacobsen, who paced the team with a 14.7 scoring average, went 6-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Moseley was almost as dangerous, connecting on four of his eight shots from the floor, including three beyond the arc.
"I try to go into every game with the confidence I need to perform," Jacobsen said. "I know I'm going to face tough defenders in the upcoming games, so I think I'm doing a nice job of getting to the basket." Mark Madsen also had a strong game for Stanford, collecting 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Cardinal held a 47-38 advantage on the boards, including 34-21 on the defensive side.
The Cardinal were especially deadly from beyond the 3-point arc, shooting 57 percent (13-of-23), including seven in the first half. The Bulldogs were the complete opposite, hitting only one of their 10 tries over the first 20 minutes and six on the night.
"The loss hurt us, but we know we played hard," South Carolina State guard James Jones said. "Stanford was big and should go far in the tournament. We want to build a tradition here and hopefully we'll win a game in the tournament next year." Mike Wiatre scored 17 points for South Carolina State, but only shot 3-of-12 from the field. Jones hit only two of his 10 attempts and finished with 10 points.
"We never gave up that's what I'm proud of," Wiatre said. "The better team won the game." Stanford, which shot 49 percent for the game (27-of-55), had five players score in double figures and 10 recording at least one field goal. The Cardinal bench outscored that of the Bulldogs 26-17.