Stanford, 18-6 overall, Hosts Washington State Cougars
Feb. 14, 2003
Stanford StoryStanford (18-6 overall, 9-3 Pac-10) vs Washington State (5-16 overall, 0-12 Pac-10)Saturday, February 15, 2003, 2:00 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)Maples Pavilion (7.391)
The Stanford Cardinal, winners of eleven of 13 games at Maples Pavilion this year, faces Washington State (2/15/03, 2:00 p.m.) ... The Cardinal has produced a 18-6 overall record, one game better than at this time a year ago ... Stanford is 9-3 in the Pac-10, one game better than this time a year ago ... The Cardinal is only two games back of league leader Arizona ... Stanford is enjoying an outstanding season ... Nobody knew at the start of the season what to expect from a Cardinal team that lost two juniors (Curtis Borchardt, Casey Jacobsen) as first round picks in the 2002 NBA Draft ... What has emerged is a team that is resilient, poised, comprised of outstanding team chemistry, and a grit and determination to play tough defense and outrebound an opponent for 40 minutes ... Stanford's 17 wins include four victories over nationally-ranked teams ... Not bad for a team that was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-10 in a pre-season poll ... Stanford has won nine of its last eleven games ... Stanford is 8-2 in games decided by five or less points ... That includes three one-point victories over Boston University, UCLA and Arizona State ... Stanford is ranked 24th in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 107-20 (.843) at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 63-17 (.788) vs Pac-10 schools... Stanford had won 18 straight non-conference games at Maples Pavilion since the 1998-99 season before losing to Montana, 70-68, in the opening round of the Stanford Invitational on Dec. 16.
Four of Stanford's wins have been against nationally-ranked teams ... On Nov. 20, the Cardinal scored a 63-62 victory over then eleventh-ranked Xavier in the second round of the Pre-Season NIT, and then followed up with a 69-65 decision over then seventh-ranked Florida (11/27/02) in the semi-finals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden ... Stanford's third win over a nationally-ranked team was a decisive 81-57 win over then tenth-ranked Oregon (1/11/03) ... Stanford recorded a 82-77 victory at #1 ranked Arizona on Jan. 30 ... Stanford now owns three wins over #1 ranked teams in school history, including two over Arizona ... The other victory over a #1 ranked team was a 84-83 decision over Duke during the 2000-01 season ... Stanford is 13-4 against teams with winning records.
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 52-11 (.825) on enemy turf.
Cardinal ComebacksIn six of Stanford's wins, the Cardinal has stormed back from deficits as large as 16 points.
In the 61-57 victory over Boston University (11/18/02), the Cardinal was down nine points (19-28) with 17:58 in the first half
In the 69-65 victory over Florida (11/27/02), Stanford was down eight points (45-53) with 9:02 in the second half
In the 81-71 victory over Gonzaga (12/28/02), Stanford was down 12 points (37-49) with 15:23 in the second half
In the 57-54 victory over Oregon State (1/9/03), Stanford was down 15 points (31-46) with 12:18 in the second half
In the 73-68 overtime victory at Washington State (1/16/03), Stanford was down 16 points (20-36) with 3:57 in the first half
In the 58-57 victory at Arizona State (2/1/03), Stanford was down eight points (4-12) with 13:58 in the first half
Stanford Cardinal Starters (18-6 overall, 9-3 Pac-10)F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo (4.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (9.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (11.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (15.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
Washington State Cougar Starters (5-16 overall, 0-12 Pac-10)F - Milton Riley, 6-8. 201, Senior, Gardena, Ca (8.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg)F - Chris Schlatter, 6-6, 211, Sophomore, Lafayette, Ca (7.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg)C - Ezenwa Ukeagu, 6-7, 253, Junior, Coral Springs, Fl (5.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg)G - Randy Green, 6-4, 180, Freshman, Renton, Wa (2.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg)G - Thomas Kelati, 6-5, 184, Sophomore, Walla Walla, Wa (10.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
Stanford is in the midst of its 88th season of collegiate basketball competition ... The Cardinal returns nine players from a squad that produced a 20-10 record, a second place finish in the Pac-10 Conference, and a school record eighth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament ... One starter returns, Julius Barnes ... Justin Davis started 18 games last year, and has started 13 games this year ... Two other starters from a year ago, Curtis Borchardt and Casey Jacobsen, left Stanford after their junior seasons to join the NBA ... Borchardt plays for the Utah Jazz, but is currently injured with a broken foot, while Jacobsen plays for the Phoenix Suns ... Jacobsen led the Pac-10 in scoring (21.9 ppg) last year, while Borchardt led the league in rebounding (11.4 rpg) ... It was the first time in Pac-10 history that two different players from the same school led the league in scoring and rebounding.
Stanford holds a 55-52 advantage over Washington State ... The Cardinal has won the last 13 games against the Cougars, including a 73-68 overtime decision earlier this year in Pullman ... Stanford battled back from a 16-point first half deficit ... All five Cardinal starters scored in double figures led by Lottich with 17 points and Julius Barnes with 16 ... Stanford has won six straight games over the Cougars at Maples Pavilion, including a 83-50 decision last year.
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 357-162 ... In 16 previous seasons at Stanford, Montgomery has directed the Cardinal to 14 post-season appearances (10 NCAA, 4 NIT) ... Montgomery's overall record (16-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 511-238 ... Montgomery became the 61st Division I head coach to earn at least 500 wins with the team's 77-66 victory at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Montgomery earned his first collegiate win on Nov. 24, 1978 as head coach at Montana ... Montgomery coached the Grizzlies to a 61-41 victory over Stout State (Wisconsin-Stout) in Missoula ... Montgomery gained his first victory as Stanford head coach on Nov. 29, 1986, as the Cardinal defeated Rice, 72-52, in the consolation game of the Central Fidelity Classic in Richmond, Va. ... Montgomery is 24-9 against Washington State, including a 13-3 mark at Maples Pavilion ... Paul Graham is in his fourth season at Washington State with a record of 29-75 ... Graham is 0-7 against Stanford.
Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (66.0 ppg) ... In 12 of Stanford's 18 wins, the Cardinal has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... Only two opponents have hit 50 percent or better in a game ... The Cardinal is allowing the opposition only a .412 shooting percentage, #1 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .303 shooting percentage from three-point range, first in the Pac-10 ... In only two games has the opponent hit double-digits in three-pointers ... In 19 of 24 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent.
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 19 of the 24 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 6.4 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 24 games ... Significant was a 54-27 rebounding advantage over UNLV (12/21/02), a 42-22 margin against Montana (12/17/02), a 45-26 advantage over Oregon (1/11/03) and a 46-31 advantage over North Carolina (11/29/02) ... Josh Childress is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 8.0 per game, while Justin Davis is third at 7.6 rpg ... Childress has produced ten or more rebounds in eight games, including a career-high 15 caroms against USC (1/25/03) and 13 at Oregon (2/6/03) ... Davis has recorded double-digits in rebounds in six games with a career-high 16 caroms in games against UNLV (12/21/02).
Julius Barnes, Matt Lottich and Josh Childress have combined to make 145 of the team's 168 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 56 three-pointers (56-for-144 for .389), Barnes has also hit a team leading 56-of-160 three-pointers for .350 ... Childress has tallied 33-of-96 three-point attempts for .344 ... Stanford is fourth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.365).
Stanford has added a walkon to its roster ... Olatunde Sobomehin (#12) is a 5-foot-11, 169-pound senior guard from Benson Tech High School in Portland, Or ... Sobomehin has served as team manager the past two seasons ... While at Benson Tech High School, Sobomehin was a captain on the basketball team, played soccer and competed on the track & field team ... Averaged six points and six assists per game during his senior season at Benson ... Helped lead the team to an undefeated league championship ... In 1998, Sobomehin helped lead Benson Tech High School to the state championship game ... Sobomehin is majoring in Urban Studies ... Teyo Johnson, who played in 53 games (11 as a starter) during the last two seasons, has decided not to play basketball this year ... Johnson, a wide receiver on the football team, has declared for the NFL draft.
Chris Hernandez, who was projected as Stanford's starting point-guard, will miss the rest of the season ... Hernandez had broken a bone in his left foot on Oct. 26 and returned to action against St. Mary's on Dec. 14 ... But two nights later against Montana (Dec. 16) in the Stanford Invitational, Hernandez rebroke the bone in his left foot, and will be out of action for the remainder of the year ... Hernandez remains on crutches, and will probably not be able to run until April or May ... No surgery is planned.
Stanford tied a school record in its 79-62 victory over Rice (11/24/02) ... Julius Barnes tied the school record with eight three-pointers, and added a career-high 28 points ... Barnes tied a Maples Pavilion record with a 100 percent free throw percentage (13-for-13) game against USC (1/25/03).
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 31-10.
The 2002-03 Stanford Cardinal Varsity
#24 Julius Barnes, Guard, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca
Stanford's starting point-guard and leading scorer (15.5 ppg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.804, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Hit two free throws with eight seconds to play to ice Stanford's 82-77 victory over #1 ranked Arizona (1/30/03) ... Tied a Maples Pavilion record with a 100 percent free throw effort (13-for-13) against USC (1/24/03) ... Also the team leader in assists (85, 3.54 apg, #10 in the Pac-10) and minutes played (34.7 mpg) ... In his last two games, has scored 62 points (19-for-33 from the floor for .576, 11-for-21 for .524 from three-point territory) along with ten rebounds in 75 minutes of play ... Scored a career-high 33 points (23 in the first half) at Oregon State (2/9/03) ... Hit 10-of-15 shots from the floor against Oregon State, including five for nine from three-point territory ... Scored 29 points (9-for-18 from the floor, 6-for-12 from behind the arc) against Washington (2/13/03) ... Dished out a career-high ten assists at Arizona (1/30/03), only the eighth player in Stanford history to dish out ten or more assists in a game ... Scored 28 points against Rice (11/24/02) ... Tied a school record with eight three-pointers against Rice (11/24/02) ... Hit 8-of-11 three-pointers against the Owls ... Tallied 27 points (13-for-13 from the free throw line) against USC (1/25/03) ... Has hit in double-figures in points in 19 of the 24 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 21 of 24 games ... Has started 48 straight games for the Cardinal.
#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, Wa
Has played in seven games, including a four-minute game against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Scored a three-pointer in two minutes of play against Yale (12/30/02).
#1 Josh Childress, Guard/Forward, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca
Has emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (14.0 ppg, #1 on the Cardinal, #15 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (8.0 rpg, #1 on the Cardinal, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 21 of the 24 games ... Has grabbed 93 rebounds in his last ten games ... Collected a career-high 22-points in the season opener against Boston University (11/18/02), a 21-point game at UNLV (12/21/02), and a 21-point game at Arizona State (2/1/03) ... Scored the winning basket with 40 seconds to play at ASU (2/3/03) ... Has hit 33 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in eight games ... Recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against USC (1/25/03) ... Has recorded eight double-doubles ... Leads the team in blocks (31, #6 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 21 of 24 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in nine games ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Pre-Season NIT.
#22 Justin Davis, Forward, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca
A partial tear of his medial collateral ligament in his left knee sidelined the junior forward for five games ... Suffered the injury during second half action at California (1/4/03) ... Returned to action against USC (1/25/03) and responded with seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes of play ... One of the Pac-10's leading rebounders (7.8 rpg, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Has produced ten or more rebounds in six games, including a career-high 16 boards at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Scored a career-high 24 points (9-for-13 from the floor) against Gonzaga (12/28/02) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Scored 21 points at UNLV (12/21/02) ... Unstoppable around the basket, hitting .579 from the floor, #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in 13 of his last 14 games ... In his last eleven games, has hit 44-of-70 shots for .629 ... Averaging 9.6 points per game.
#30 Dan Grunfeld, Forward, 6-6, 210, Freshman, River Hills, Wi
The freshman has provided a spark off the bench ... Averaging 11.8 minutes per game ... Has played double-digit minutes in 18 of 24 games ... Averaging 4.2 ppg ... Has made 15 three-pointers, fourth-best on the Cardinal ... Scored a season-high 12 points (4-for-4 from the floor, 2-for-2 from three-point territory, 2-for-2 from the free throw line ) against UC Irvine (12/19/02).
#32 Jason Haas, Guard, 6-2, 180, Freshman, Centre Hall, Pa
Has proven to be a valuable point-guard off the bench ... Gives the Cardinal solid, fundamental play ... Has played in all 24 games, including a season-high 16 minutes against UNLV (12/21/02) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in six games ... Played a major role in the 77-66 victory at UNLV (12/21/02) ... With Julius Barnes sustaining his fourth foul early in the second half, Haas came off the bench and helped lead the Cardinal charge to victory ... Also ran the team with veteran precision during a major portion of the second half at Arizona State (2/3/03) when Barnes ran into foul trouble ... Produced six assists with no turnovers against Washington (2/13/03).
#52 Matt Haryasz, Forward, 6-10, 215, Freshman, Page, Az
Has played in all 24 games ... Gives Stanford added big man strength off the bench ... Played a season-high 18 minutes against Oregon (1/11/03) ... Against North Carolina (11/29/02), grabbed a season-high six rebounds ... Tallied a season-high nine points (4-for-5 from the floor) against Yale (12/30/02) ... Gave Stanford a boost off the bench by playing 17 minutes (four points, four rebounds, two assists) at Arizona (1/30/03) ... Shooting .500 from the floor.
#11 Chris Hernandez, Guard, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca
A broken foot has sidelined Chris for the 2002-03 season ... Projected as the team's starting point-guard, but broke a bone in his left foot during practice on Oct. 26 ... That pushed him out of action until the Dec. 14 game against St. Mary's when he collected three assists in six minutes of play ... But he then rebroke the bone in his left foot two nights later against Montana (12/16/02).
#00 Joe Kirchofer, Forward, 6-9, 245, Junior, Elk Grove, Ca
An experienced forward/center who gives Stanford strength around the basket ... Has played double-digit minutes in ten games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Gonzaga (12/29/02) ... Shooting .563 from the floor ... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds against North Carolina (11/29/02) ... Scored a season-high eight points along with three minutes of 13 minutes play at Oregon (2/6/03) ... Added six points in 16 minutes of play at Oregon State (2/9/03).
#42 Rob Little, Center, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va
Has enjoyed a solid season thus far ... Third on the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg, #12 in the Pac-10) ... Collected his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and eleven rebounds against Oregon State (1/9/03) ... Added his second double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds at Washington (1/16/03) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in 13 games, including a career-high 12 rebounds at Washington (1/18/03) ... Hitting a team-leading .590 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #3 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 19 of 24 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 9.1 ppg ... Has scored in double-digits in points in 12 games, including a career-high 18 points against Florida (11/27/02).
#33 Matt Lottich, Guard, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il
A starter at off-guard ... Averaging 11.1 ppg ... Tied for the team in three-pointers (54) with Julius Barnes ... Hitting .389 (56-for-144) from three-point territory, ninth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 21 of 24 games ... In 13 games, has hit double-digits in scoring ... Scored 18 of his career-high 23 points in the final 7:12 as Stanford rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Oregon State (1/9/03) ... Helped lead the Cardinal to victory with a career-high 23 points (5-for-8 from three-point territory, five rebounds, four assists, 36 minutes) at Arizona (1/30/03) ... Scored 22 points against USC (1/25/03).
#21 Nick Robinson, Forward/Guard, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Liberty, Mo
Has moved into the starting lineup with the knee injury to Justin Davis ... In eleven starts, has averaged 5.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game ... Started his first collegiate game against Oregon State (1/9/03) and responded with six points and seven rebounds ... His next start (vs Oregon, 1/11/03) resulted in his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and eleven rebounds ... Scored eleven points and grabbed four rebounds at Washington State (1/16/03) ... Scored ten points (4-for-5 from the floor) and grabbed nine rebounds in Stanford's 82-77 victory at #1 ranked Arizona (1/30/03) ... Previous to his two starts, had given Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Averaging 23.0 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game ... Also an outstanding student ... Carries a 3.67 gpa as a Political Science major, and has been nominated for Academic All-America honors.
#12 Olatunde Sobomehin, Guard, 5-11, 170, Senior, Tacoma, Wa
Made his collegiate debut against Oregon (1/11/03) ... Served as the team manager the previous two years.
#3 Carlton Weatherby, Guard, 5-11, 165, Freshman, Tacoma, Wa
Gives Stanford added strength at the point-guard position ... Has played in four games.
Tuesday, February 25, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room) Tuesday, March 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)
Stanford head basketball coach Mike Montgomery will host a series of press conferences and media teleconferences during the course of the 2002-03 season ... Please join us on the following dates ... The press conferences will be held in the ABC Room at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center at Stanford University ... The phonber number for the teleconferences is (650) 723-2400 ... The Pac-10 Conference phone number for its teleconferences is (913) 981-5510.
Tuesday, February 18, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 18, 11:45 a.m. - Stanford Teleconference
Tuesday, February 25, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)
Tuesday, March 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 TeleconferenceTuesday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)