Cardinal Cruise Past UC Irvine 72-59

Nov 26, 2003

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Chris Hernandez scored a career-high 22 points for No.20 Stanford, which took a huge early lead and cruised to a 72-59 victoryTuesday night over UC Irvine.

Hernandez made six of seven shots from 3-point range for the Cardinal (2-0).

Adam Parada led the Anteaters (2-2) with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Teammates Stanislav Zuzak, Matt Okoro and Mike Efevberha added 10 pointsapiece.

Stanford made nine of its first 13 shots to build a 24-5 lead with 11:51left in the first half. Hernandez led the spree with 10 points.

UC Irvine did not score for the first 2:58 and did not make a basket in thefirst 4:20.

The Anteaters narrowed the deficit to 27-19 with 5:58 left in the firsthalf, as the Cardinal failed to make a basket for nearly 7� minutes. But UCIrvine scored just one more basket the rest of the half, and Stanford led 48-25at the break.

Cardinal forward Josh Childress, a preseason All American, missed his secondconsecutive game with a stress reaction in his left foot. Childress averaged14.1 points last season.

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