No. 21 Stanford Travels to UCLA in Important Pac-10 Contest
Feb. 21, 2003
Stanford StoryStanford (20-6 overall, 11-3 Pac-10) at UCLA (6-16 overall, 3-10 Pac-10)Saturday, February 22, 2003, 2:00 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
A magical season continues for the Stanford Cardinal ... Winners of four straight games and eight of its last nine, Stanford is in the midst of its third road trip in four weeks ... Last thursday (2/20/03), Justin Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help lead the Cardinal to a 73-67 decision at USC ... Two free throws by Nick Robinson with 28 seconds to play, and a dunk by Davis with nine seconds to play helped assure the Stanford win ... The Cardinal now travels to Pauley Pavilion to face UCLA (2/22/03, 2:00 p.m.) ... Stanford continues its remarkable season with a 20-6 overall record, two games better than at this time a year ago ... Stanford is 11-3 in the Pac-10, one game better than this time a year ago ... Stanford now resides in a second place tie with California, and one and a half games back of first place Arizona ... The Cardinal has posted ten or more wins in Pac-10 play for the ninth straight year ... Only Arizona's streak of 18 straight winning seasons in league play is longer ... Following the conference game at UCLA, Stanford will play its final three Pac-10 games at home (2/27/03 vs Arizona State, 3/1/03 vs Arizona, 3/8/03 vs California) ... 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 and Teyo Johnson (also wide receiver on the football team who has declared for the NFL 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 20 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 eleven of its last 13 games ... Stanford is 8-2 in games decided by five or less points ... That includes three one-point victories over Xavier (11/20/02), UCLA (1/23/03) and Arizona State (2/1/03) ... Stanford is ranked 21st in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls.
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 53-11 (.828) on enemy turf.
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford is 108-20 (.844) at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 44-3 (.936) vs non-league opponents and 64-17 (.790) 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.
In 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 (20-6 overall, 11-3 Pac-10)F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 225, Junior, Berkeley, Ca (10.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg)F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca (13.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg)C - Rob Little, 6-10, 275, Sophomore, Hampton, Va (8.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg)G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Junior, Winnetka, Il (11.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg)G - Julius Barnes, 6-1, 185, Senior, Rowland Heights, Ca (15.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
UCLA Bruins Starters (6-16 overall, 3-10 Pac-10)F - Jason Kapono, 6-8, 215, Senior, Lakewood, Ca (16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg)F - Andre Patterson, 6-7, 197, Sophomore, Los Angeles, Ca (7.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg)C - Ryan Hollins, 6-11, 215, Freshman, Pasadena, Ca (4.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg)G - Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 195, Sophomore, Inglewood, Ca (13.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg)G - Ray Young, 6-4, 210, Senior, Oakland, Ca (7.0 ppg, 3.4 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 15 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.
UCLA leads the series with Stanford, 124-83 ... However, the Cardinal has won three of the last four games, and eight of the last eleven ... Stanford has won the last five games against the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, the first time in the history of Pauley Pavilion that a visiting team had won five games in a row ... Last year at UCLA, Barnes scored 23 points to lead the Cardinal to an 86-76 win ... Childress added 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds ... Earlier this year (1/24/03) at Maples Pavilion, Stanford held off UCLA, 52-51 ... Childress scored 18 points and Rob Little added 12 as the Cardinal beat UCLA at home for the first time in four years ... UCLA missed three shots in the final seven seconds ... Jason Haas hit a three-pointer with 8:37 remaining to play to highlight a 19-5 run that gave Stanford a 48-40 advantage.
Mike Montgomery is in his 17th season at Stanford with a record of 359-162 ... 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 513-238 ... 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 16-18 against UCLA, including a 7-9 mark at Pauley Pavilion ... Steve Lavin is in his seventh season at UCLA with a record of 139-75 ... Lavin is 4-9 against Stanford.
Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (65.5 ppg) ... In 14 of Stanford's 20 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 .405 shooting percentage, #1 in the Pac-10 ... The Stanford defense has held the opposition to only a .298 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 20 of 26 games, the Cardinal has outrebounded its opponent ... The Cardinal has four players with 20 or more steals in a season for the first time since 1994.
Stanford has outrebounded the opposition in 20 of the 26 games ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents by a margin of 6.0 (#2 in the Pac-10) over the 26 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 8.2 per game, while Justin Davis is third at 8.0 rpg ... Childress has produced ten or more rebounds in nine 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 eight 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 154 of the team's 178 three-pointers ... Lottich has hit a team leading 60 three-pointers (60-for-155 for .387), Barnes has also hit 59-of-176 three-pointers for .335 ... Childress has tallied 35-of-103 three-point attempts for .340 ... Stanford is fourth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.357).
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 will probably start running around April or May ... No surgery is planned.
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 (15.2 ppg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Leads the team in free throw percentage (.806, #9 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 (94, 3.62 apg, #10 in the Pac-10) and minutes played (34.6 mpg) ... Has played 30 or more minutes in the last five games, and eight of the last nine ... In his last four games, has scored 86 points ... 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 20 of the 26 games ... That included a 24-point effort against UC Irvine (12/19/02) ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 22 of 26 games ... Has started 50 straight games for the Cardinal.
#14 Tyler Besecker, Guard/Forward, 6-6, 210, Junior, Bellevue, Wa
Has played in eight 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) ... Scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in three minutes of play against Washington State (2/15/03).
#1 Josh Childress, Guard/Forward, 6-8, 200, Sophomore, Lakewood, Ca
Has emerged as one of the team leaders in scoring (13.8 ppg, #1 on the Cardinal, #14 in the Pac-10) and rebounding (8.2 rpg, #1 on the Cardinal, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored in double-figures in 22 of the 26 games ... Has grabbed 113 rebounds in his last 12 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 35 three-pointers, third-best on the Cardinal ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in nine games ... Recorded a career-high 15 rebounds against USC (1/25/03) ... Has recorded eight double-doubles ... Leads the team in blocks (33, #6 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected at least one block in 23 of 26 games ... Has hit 50 percent or better in ten 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 ... Returned to the starting lineup against Washington State (2/15/03) and responded with 21 points (7-for-10 from the floor), ten rebounds and two blocks ... In his last game at USC (2/20/03), tallied 20 points (7-for-11 from the floor) along with 14 rebounds ... In the last two games (both starting assignments), has scored 41 points (14-for-21 from the floor, 13-for-16 from the free throw line) and grabbed 24 rebounds ... One of the Pac-10's leading rebounders (8.0 rpg, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Has produced ten or more rebounds in eight 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 a team-leading .592 from the floor, #3 in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in 15 of his last 16 games ... In his last 13 games, has hit 58-of-91 shots for .637 ... Averaging 10.7 points per game.
#30 Dan Grunfeld, Forward, 6-6, 210, Freshman, River Hills, Wi
The freshman has provided a spark off the bench ... Averaging 11.6 minutes per game ... Has played double-digit minutes in 19 of 26 games ... Averaging 3.9 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 26 games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Washington State (2/15/03) ... Has played double-digits in minutes in eight games, including the last three 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 26 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).
#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 eleven games, including a season-high 17 minutes against Gonzaga (12/29/02) ... Shooting .514 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 (5.7 rpg, #15 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 .584 from the floor, tops on the Cardinal and #4 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit 50 percent or better in 20 of 26 games ... That included 4-for-5 efforts against Rice (11/24/02), Montana (12/16/02) and Gonzaga (12/28/02) ... Averaging 8.8 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 11.0 ppg ... Leads the team in three-pointers (60) ... Hitting .387 (60-for-155) from three-point territory ... Has hit at least one three-pointer in 22 of 26 games ... In 14 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
Moved into the starting lineup for eleven games with the knee injury to Justin Davis ... In those eleven starts, 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) ... Gives Stanford a tremendous lift off the bench ... Averaging 22.6 minutes per game ... Averaging 4.6 points and 4.4 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) ... Grabbed two rebounds in two minutes of play against Washington State (2/15/03) ... 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 six games ... Scored his first collegiate basket with a three-pointer against Washington State (2/15/03).
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 phone number for the teleconferences is (650) 723-2400 ... The Pac-10 Conference phone number for its teleconferences is (913) 981-5510.
Tuesday, February 25, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 Teleconference
Tuesday, February 25, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)
Tuesday, March 4, 11:23 a.m. - Pac-10 Teleconference
Tuesday, March 4, 11:30 a.m. - Press Conference (ABC Room)
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