No. 9 Stanford Faces No. 13 Gonzaga at Pete Newell Challenge

Dec. 16, 2003

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Stanford (6-0) vs Gonzaga (7-1)
The Pete Newell Challenge
Saturday, December 20, 2003, 6:00 p.m.
The Arena in Oakland (19,596)

CSTV/KRON (Channel 4)

Stanford Cardinal Starters (6-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca (9.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo (7.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Junior, Hampton, Va (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il (12.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
G - Jason Haas, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Centre Hall, Pa (3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Gonzaga Bulldogs Starters (7-1 overall, 0-0 WCC)
F - Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, 243, Junior, Le Robert, Martinique (16.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
F - Cory Violette, 6-8, 265, Senior, Boise, Id (10.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
G - Tony Skinner, 6-5, 198, Senior, Albuquerque, NM (7.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
G - Kyle Bankhead, 6-0, 195, Senior, Walla Walla, Wa (6.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
G - Blake Stepp, 6-4, 194, Senior, Eugene, Or (13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 8.0 apg)

Series Story
This will be the fourth meeting between Stanford and Gonzaga with the Bulldogs holding a 2-1 edge ... Two of three previous meetings were held on neutral courts, including last year's game at the Pete Newell Challenge ... On Dec. 28, 2002, Honors Candidate Justin Davis scored a career-high 24 points and Stanford went on a 14-0 second-half run to rally for an 81-71 win ... Down 41-32 at halftime, and 49-37 early in the second half, the Cardinal took control during a 14-0 run that included three-pointers by Julius Barnes and Josh Childress and a steal and breakaway by Davis ... Gonzaga tied the game at 51-51 to stop the Stanford run, but trailed the rest of the way as the Cardinal got hot from three-point territory ... Childress scored 18 points while Dan Grunfeld added nine points off the bench ... The victory was the 1,200th for the Stanford basketball program ... Stanford is 140-65 against West Coast Conference (WCC) schools.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 18th season as head coach at Stanford ... Montgomery is 369-165 on The Farm, and holds an overall career record of 523-242 (17-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) ... Montgomery has led Stanford to nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Montgomery is 1-2 against Gonzaga ... Mark Few is in his fifth season at Gonzaga with a 112-30 record ... Few is 0-1 against Stanford ... Few has coached Gonzaga to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen the last two seasons.

Scouting Stanford
A 6-0 start, a victory over a #1 ranked team, two road victories, a 18-point victory in the season opener and two wins in the last two games by a total of 42 points ... That's pretty good news to start the 2003-04 season for the Stanford Cardinal basketball team ... Stanford now buses up to the Arena in Oakland to compete in the Pete Newell Challenge on Saturday (Dec. 20 against Gonzaga, 6:00 p.m.) for a sixth straight season ... The Cardinal is unbeaten in five previous games at the Pete Newell Challenge, including a 84-83 victory over then #1 ranked Duke in 2000-01, a 75-64 decision over Michigan State in 2001-02, and a 81-71 verdict over Gonzaga last year.

Rankings Review
In the last two weeks, Stanford has moved from 21st to ninth in the Associated Press poll ... This is Stanford's highest ranking since April 3, 2001, when Stanford finished the season ranked #2 in the nation ... In this week's AP poll, Stanford garnered two first place votes ... Stanford is ranked eleventh in the ESPN/USA Today poll, up six places in the last two weeks.

Depth Dialogue
With the loss of two starters to injuries, Stanford's depth has played an important role in the team's 6-0 start ... Nine players on the eleven man roster are averaging at least 13.2 minutes per game, while a tenth player (Fred Washington), is averaging 9.2 minutes per game ... Reserve forward Matt Haryasz has come off the bench to lead the team in shooting (.600) while averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game ... Haryasz is the team leader in blocks (11) ... Haryasz is averaging 17.5 minutes per game in reserve, while Dan Grunfeld is averaging 17.2 minutes per game off the bench ... In four of the six games, Stanford's bench has outscored the oppositions bench.

Shooting Stats
In the last two games, Stanford has hit 60-of-109 shots from the floor for 55 percent ... Stanford has hit 50 percent of better in shooting in three of the six games.

Neutral Notation
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 33-12 ... Earlier this year, the Cardinal scored a 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas in Anaheim at the John Wooden Classic.

Home Hoopla
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 113-21 (.843) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 47-3 (.940) vs non-league opponents and 66-18 (.786) against Pac-10 schools.

Road Review
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 56-11 (.836) on enemy turf ... This year, Stanford has scored road wins at UC Irvine (72-59, 11/25/03) and Rice (60-56, 11/30/03).

Season Starts
Stanford began its 89th season of intercollegiate competition when the Cardinal hosted Sacramento State (77-59 win on Nov. 22) ... The Cardinal is 73-16 in season openers, and has won 16 straight season openers dating back to the 1987-88 season ... Stanford now is 31-5 in home openers at Maples Pavilion.

The 2003-04 Stanford Basketball Varsity

#2 Mark Bradford, 6-2, 190, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca
Joins the basketball season after playing his freshman year as a wide receiver on the Cardinal football team ... Caught 37 passes for 587 yards (15.9 ypc) and three touchdowns ... Started seven of the eleven games ... Averaged 20 points per game as a senior at Fremont High School.

#1 Josh Childress, G/F, 6-8, 205, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca
The All-America candidate will be out of the lineup until the conference opener with a stress reaction in the his left foot ... A pre-season John Wooden All-America candidate ... Also a candidate for Naismith Player of the Year.

#22 Justin Davis, F, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca
Honors Candiate ... Stanford's leading rebounder (7.3 rpg) ... Grabbed a team-high ten rebounds in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) and ten more against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Scored a season-high 21 points (9-for-10 from the floor, hit his first seven shots) along with ten rebounds against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Hit 5-of-7 shots from the floor enroute to scoring 17 points against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Grabbed nine rebounds against then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) at the John Wooden Classic ... Shooting .568 (21-for-37) ... Has hit 50 percent or better in four of Stanford's six games.

#20 Dan Grunfeld, F, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, River Hills, Wi
An important reserve ... Averaging 17.2 minutes per game ... Scored a career-high 13 points along with four rebounds and two steals in a career-high 27 minutes against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Tallied nine points (7-for-8 from the free throw line) along with two assists in 17 minutes of play against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Grabbed five rebounds at UC Irvine (11/25/03).

#32 Jason Haas, G, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Centre Hall, Pa
Earned his first collegiate start against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Subbing for an injured Chris Hernandez and has started the past two games ... In those two games, has played 58 minutes, scored eleven points, dished out seven assists along with five rebounds and three steals ... Played a career-high 33 minutes, six points (4-for-4 from the free throw line), five assists and two steals against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Followed up with five points and four rebounds (career-high) against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Has played double-digit minutes in four of the six games ... Scored three points and dished out two assists in seven minutes of play against then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03).

#52 Matt Haryasz, F, 6-10, 225, Sophomore, Page, Az
Off to a strong start ... Stanford's top shooter at .600 (18-for-30) ... Has shot 50 percent or better in five of the six games ... Averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds off the bench ... Averaging 17.5 minutes per game ... Hit 5-of-5 shots for ten points along with a career-high seven rebounds in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Added ten points (4-for-6 from the floor) against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Scored nine points (3-for-3 from the floor) along with four rebounds and a block against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Leads the team in blocked shots (11) ... Has at least one block in all six games ... Netted a career-high three blocks against Rice (11/30/03) and then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03).

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Guard, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca
Stanford's leading scorer (14.0 ppg) ... Has missed the last two games (UNLV, Florida International) with two bulging disks in his lower back ... Shooting .520 from the field ... Leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (.563, 9-for-16) and free throw percentage (21-for-22, .955) ... Has hit 18 straight free throws ... Averaging 4.5 assists per game with five steals ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for helping lead Stanford to two victories at UC Irvine (72-59, 11/25/03) and Rice (60-56, 11/30/03) ... Scored 39 points against UCI and Rice ... Scored a career-high 22 points (16 in the first half) along with five assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes of play at UC Irvine ... Hit 8-of-9 shots from the floor, and 6-for-7 from three-point territory against the Anteaters ... Hit a career-high six three-pointers against UCI ... Scored 17 points (15 in the second half), dished out four assists and stole two passes in the win at Rice ... Hit 4-of-6 shots from the floor, and 2-for-3 from three-point territory ... Was 7-for-7 from the free throw line, including four free throws in the final 18 seconds to ice the game at Rice ... In the two games against UC Irvine and Rice, hit 12-of-15 shots for 80 percent, 8-of-10 from three-point range, and 7-for-7 from the free throw line ... Dished out nine assists along with two steals in 67 minutes of play.

#00 Joe Kirchofer, F, 6-9, 250, Senior, Elk Grove, Ca
Tri-captain ... Averaging 13.2 minutes per game in a reserve role ... Played a major role in Stanford's 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) at the John Wooden Classic ... Scored ten points (4-for-4 from the floor) in 13 minutes of play against the Jayhawks ... Played a season-high 17 minutes at UC Irvine (11/25/03) ... Scored six points (2-for-2 from the floor, 2-for-2 from the free throw line) along with three rebounds at UC Irvine (11/25/03) ... Hitting 9-of-14 shots from the floor for 64 percent.

#42 Rob Little, C, 6-10, 260, Junior, Hampton, Va
Averaging 10.3 points per game, #3 on the Cardinal ... Also grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game, #2 on the team ... Has scored in double figures in three games ... Scored a season-high 17 points (7-for-11 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and two blocked shots at Rice (11/30/03) ... Collected 17 points (8-for-11 from the floor) against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Scored 12 points and pulled down seven boards in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03).

#33 Matt Lottich, G, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il
Honors Candidate ... Tri-captain ... Has scored in double figures in five of the six games ... Averaging 12.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Tallied a season-high 18 points (5-for-10 from behind the arc) along with five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 34 minutes in a 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) ... Hit a critical three-pointer against the Jayhawks with 2:26 in the game to give Stanford a 59-55 lead ... For his efforts against Kansas (12/6/03), was named Pac-10 Player of the Week ... Collected 17 points and six assists in 31 minutes against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Scored 13 points (two 3-pointers) in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Tops on the team in assists (26) ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Sacramento State (11/22/03).

#15 Evan Moore, F, 6-7, 235, Freshman, Brea, Ca
Has joined the basketball team after playing his freshman season in 2003 on the Stanford football team ... Caught eight passes in six games for 150 yards (18.8 ypc) with one touchdown ... During his senior season at Brea-Olinda High School, averaged 24.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game ... Team finished 25-4 and was named MVP of the Century League, first team All-CIF, all-state and Super Prep All-American.

#10 Tim Morris, G, 6-4, 215, Freshman, Atlanta, Ga
Redshirting the 2003-04 season.

#21 Nick Robinson, F/G, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo
Tri-captain ... A starter in all six games ... Averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game ... Tallied eight rebounds and seven points along with two steals and a block in Stanford's 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas at the John Wooden Classic ... Scored eight points (4-for-6 from the floor) and grabbed six rebounds against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Collected seven points (3-for-3 from the floor), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Shooting .543 (19-for-35 from the floor).

#44 Fred Washington, F, 6-5, 205, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca
Despite his youth on the collegiate level, has contributed to Stanford's success ... Has played double-digit minutes in three games ... In 12 minutes of play at UC Irvine (11/25/03), scored nine points (6-for-6 from the free throw line), grabbed three rebounds and stole three passes in 12 minutes of play ... Against UNLV (12/13/03), tallied six points (2-for-2 from the floor), four rebounds and a steal in 10 minutes of play.

#3 Carlton Weatherby, G, 6-0, 175, Sophomore, Tacoma, Wa
Has played in three games (Sacramento State, UNLV, Florida International).

Gonzaga Gossip
Gonzaga, ranked 13th in the Associated Press poll and 15th in the ESPN/USA Today poll. is off to another strong start ... The Bulldogs are 7-1 (4-1 on neutral courts) against several of the top teams in the nation ... Their victories have included games against Georgia (82-76, ot), Washington (86-62), Maryland (82-68) and then third-ranked Missouri (87-80, ot) ... Four of the team's five starters average in double figures led by Ronny Turiaf at 16.8 ppg ... Turiaf leads the team in blocks (16) ... Turiaf has been the team's leading scorer in five of the eight games, including 29 points against George Washington, 23 against Missouri and 22 against Georgia ... Violette leads Gonzaga in rebounding at 7.4 per game ... Violette grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in the season opener against St. Joseph's and 12 against Missouri in his last game ... Blake Stepp is among the nation's leaders in assists with eight per game ... Stepp has led the team in assists in all eight games, including 13 against Idaho, eleven against Maryland and ten against Missouri ... Gonzaga is a good shooting team, averaging .491 from the floor ... Five players are shooting 50 percent or better ... The Bulldogs are also deep in talent with nine players averaging 12 minutes or more per game.

Mike Montgomery Press Conference and Teleconference Schedule

During the 2003-04 Stanford basketball season, Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery will host a series of press conferences and teleconferences. Please join us throughout the year to get an insight on this year's nationally-ranked Cardinal team.

All press conferences will be held in the ABC Room at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center at Stanford University.

The Stanford teleconferences can be accessed by calling (650) 723-2400.

Media may contact the Pac-10 office to receive the media-only teleconference phone number for the live teleconference. The phone number for the taped replay is 420-222-9927.

Friday, December 19, Pete Newell Press Conference at Oakland Arena, Noon
Tuesday, December 30, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, December 30, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, January 6, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 6, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, January 13, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 13, Press Conference, ABC Room, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 20, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 20, Press Conference, ABC Room, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 27, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 27, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, February 3, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 3, Press Conference, 11:30 a.m., ABC Room
Tuesday, February 10, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 10, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, February 17, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 17, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, Feburary 24, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 24, Press Conference, 11:30 a.m., ABC Room
Tuesday, March 2, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, March 2, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, March 9, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, March 9, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400

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