Four Straight Wins In Tucson - Cardinal Aims For Victory At McKale Center

Feb. 4, 2005

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Stanford (12-8 overall, 6-4 Pac-10) at Arizona (18-4 overall, 8-2 Pac-10)
Saturday, February 5, 2005, 11:00 a.m. (mst), McKale Center (14,545), CBS

Stanford Cardinal Starters (12-8 overall, 6-4 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az (10.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Liberty, Mo (8.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va (10.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
G - Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, River Hills, Wi (17.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Fresno, Ca (14.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.9 apg)

Series Story
Stanford has won the last three games against Arizona to cut the Wildcat series lead to 42-25 ... Earlier this year at Maples Pavilion, Dan Grunfeld scored a career-high 29 points as Stanford snapped Arizona's nine game winning streak, 87-76 ... Chris Hernandez, who returned to the Cardinal lineup after missing the ASU game with back spasms, scored 23 points ... The Cardinal made 13 of its first 21 shots, and shot .586 on the way to a 39-36 halftime lead ... Stanford led by as many as 16 points, 60-47, in the second half ... Stanford has won the last four games in Tucson including a 82-72 victory last year ... Josh Childress scored 19 points to lead five Stanford players in double figures ... Stanford led by 20 points, 68-48, with 4:02 remaining, and only a 24-14 run prevented the Wildcats from suffering their worst home loss in Arizona's head coach Lute Olson's 22 years in Tucson.

Coaches Corner
Trent Johnson is in his first season as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal ... Johnson is the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history ... Johnson, a Stanford assistant coach for three seasons from 1996-99, had been the head coach at Nevada for the past five campaigns (1999-2004) ... During the 2003-04 season, Johnson led Nevada to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history as the Wolf Pack tied a school record with 25 wins (25-9) ... During his first tenure at Stanford as an assistant coach, the Cardinal made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four (1997-98), reached the NCAA Sweet 16 (1996-97, 1997-98), captured the Pac-10 title (1998-99) and chalked up a 78-20 (.796) overall record ... Johnson's career record is 91-82 (first season at Stanford, five seasons at Nevada).

Stanford Story
Stanford had won a season-high six straight games before last Thursday's 74-67 loss at Arizona State ... The Cardinal jumped to a 13-4 lead with 13:33 in the first half, but the Sun Devils took their first of the game at 25-23 with 3:56 before halftime ... ASU led at halftime, 27-25, and led throughout the second half ... The Sun Devils led by as many as ten points in the second half (39-29 with 15:49 remaining), but on two occasions, Stanford mounted a rally to cut the lead to only two points ... Down 59-57 with 2:31 to play, Arizona State then pushed the lead to seven points with 23 seconds remaining in the game ... Nick Robinson scored a career-high 17 points (6-for-8 from the floor) ... Rob Little added a career-high 14 rebounds ... For the fourth straight game, Matt Haryasz put together a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds ... Stanford is 12-8 overall with five games played on neutral territory, eight games on the road and seven home games ... Dan Grunfeld remains the team leader in scoring at 17.8 ppg (#2 in the Pac-10) ... Grunfeld also is averaging 5.6 rebounds per game, third-best on the team and 13th in the conference ... Chris Hernandez checks in at 14.5 ppg (#10 in the Pac-10) ... Rob Little is the team's leading shooter at .564 (#3 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz is the team's leading rebounder (8.8 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (30, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Nick Robinson and Chris Hernandez are among the league leaders in steals ... Robinson is averaging 1.6 steals per game while Hernandez also checks in at 1.6 per game ... Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.739).

Travel Time
Stanford has played 13 of its 20 games away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal played their first seven games of the 2004-05 season on the road ... Stanford started its 2003-04 season with a 93-83 overtime win over USF (11/19/04) at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland ,.. Stanford played three games (Tennessee, BYU, Louisville) at the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24), then a Nov. 28 game at Santa Clara, a Dec. 11 contest vs Michigan State in Auburn Hills, Mi, and the road trip concluded with a Dec. 13 game at Denver ... This was the longest string of road or neutral court games to start the season since the 1934-35 campaign when Stanford played its first eleven games on the road ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 68-16 (.809) on the road ... Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 40-17 (.702).

Home Hoopla
Stanford is 6-1 at Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal is shooting .495 in games at Maples Pavilion compared to .430 on the road ... Stanford is hitting .427 from three-point territory compared to .370 on the road ... And Stanford is scoring 77.1 ppg at Maples Pavilion compared to 68.8 ppg on the road ... The Cardinal has won 30 of its last 32 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.

Minute Memorandum
Stanford's starting lineup has proven to be made of iron ... Three players are averaging more than 30 minutes per game ... Chris Hernandez is averaging 33.8 mpg (#4 in the Pac-10), followed by Dan Grunfeld at 33.3 mpg (#5 in the Pac-10), Nick Robinson at 31.9 mpg (#9 in the Pac-10), Matt Haryasz at 28.7 mpg and Rob Little at 24.7 mpg ... All together, the starting five is averaging 30.5 minutes per game.

Maples Memo
The Stanford basketball team finally moved back into the new Maples Pavilion with a Dec. 18 game against UC Davis ... Stanford faced the Aggies after playing its first seven games on the road ... On March 1, 2004, Stanford University began a $30 million renovation of Maples Pavilion ... The project was expected to be completed on Jan. 1, 2005, in time for the opening of the Pac-10 season, but construction finished ahead of schedule ... The renovation, financed entirely through private donations, includes a new covered 29,000 square foot concourse around the exterior of the seating area, state-of-the-art concession and restroom facilities with speaker systems, in addition to a new center-hung scoreboard with video and replay capability ... The renovation also includes a new playing court floor, upgraded locker rooms, a strength and conditioning room, a training room, a news media center and meeting rooms ... The seating configuration features a new lower seating bowl that will take the place of the old floor and loge sections ... The new lower seating bowl includes chair-back theater seats that replaces the wood bleachers ... The building's new capacity will be 7,233 ... Stanford has produced eleven straight winning seasons at Maples Pavilion ... Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 130-18 (.878) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 51-3 (.944) vs non-league opponents and 79-15 (.840) against Pac-10 schools.

The 2004-05 Stanford Basketball Varsity

#22 Kenny Brown, 6-1, 190, Freshman, Guard, Southlake, Tx
Added to the Stanford roster shortly before the start of the season ... Hails from Carroll High school in Southlake, Texas where he averaged 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals as a senior ... Gained all-state, all-county and all-league honors during his high school career ... Helped his team to the third round of the Texas state tournament playoffs during his junior season ... Served as student body president, and a member of the school's Honor Roll and National Honor Society.

#31 Taj Finger, 6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Mt. Kisco, NY
One of three freshmen on the varsity roster ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in six of 18 games played ... Scored a season-high four points in games against Brigham Young (11/23/04), Santa Clara (11/28/04) and Oregon (1/29/05 ... Grabbed four rebounds in the season opener against USF (11/19/04).

#20 Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard/Forward, River Hills, Wi
Has gone from a 3.4 ppg average last year to the team's leading scorer this year (17.8 ppg, #3 in the Pac-10), the biggest jump by a Division I player this year ... Has scored 20 or more points in seven games and double-digits in points in 18 of 20 games ... Scored a career-high 29 points (10-for-12 from the floor, 3-for-3 from behind arc) in Stanford's 87-76 victory over nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) ... Scored 26 points (8-for-11 from the floor, 9-for-9 from three throw line) at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Paced the Cardinal attack with 25 points (8-for-13 from the floor, 7-for-7 from the free throw line) along with seven rebounds in Stanford's 75-64 victory at UCLA (1/20/05) ... Fired home 24 points along with five rebounds against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Shooting .496 from the floor, second-best on the Cardinal and tenth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has shot 50 percent or better in nine games ... Stanford's third-leading rebounder (5.6 rpg, #13 in the Pac-10) ... Recorded a career-high eleven boards in the season opener against USF (11/19/04) ... Added ten rebounds at Denver (12/13/04) ... Averaging 33.3 minutes per game, #5 in the Pac-10 ... Has played 30 or more minutes in 17 of the 20 games ... Second on the team in three-pointers (24) ... Hitting .407 from behind the arc ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his 45 points and eleven rebounds in Cardinal wins at UCLA (1/20/05, 75-64) and at USC (1/22/05, 78-70) ... Dished out a career-high six assists against Oregon State (1/27/05).

#32 Jason Haas, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Spring Mills, Pa
Has played double-digit in minutes in 14 of the 20 games, including a career-high 36 minutes against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Started his third collegiate game against Arizona State (1/6/05) and responded with six points, five assists and three rebounds ... Scored a career-high nine points (3-for-3 from the floor) along with three assists and a steal against Montana (12/23/04) ... Collected eight points, six assists (only one turnover) and four rebounds in 29 minutes of play in Stanford's 74-58 victory at California (1/15/05) ... Has hit 18-of-22 free throw attempts for .818.

#52 Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Forward, Page, Az
Recorded his best game in a Stanford uniform against Oregon (1/29/05) with 20 points and 20 rebounds ... Both marks were career-highs ... Haryasz also became only the eighth player in school history to grab 20 or more rebounds in a game ... Hit 8-of-12 shots and also collected two blocks against the Ducks ... For his efforts, was named The Sporting News Player of the Week ... The team's leading rebounder (8.8 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has collected ten or more rebounds in the last four games beginning with ten at USC (1/22/05), eleven against Oregon State (1/27/05), 20 against Oregon (1/29/05) and ten at Arizona State (2/3/05) ... Began the year eleven rebounds against USF (11/19/04) ... Collected eleven rebounds along with 13 points against Oregon State (1/27/05) ... Added ten rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) and ten more at Washington (1/2/05) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in 19 of 20 games ... Averaging 10.3 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in 12 games, including 18 points along with eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks against Louisville (11/24/04) ... Also scored 18 points along with ten rebounds at USC (1/22/05) ... Collected 14 points along with nine rebounds at UCLA (1/20/05) ... The team leader in blocks (30, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has at least one block in 15 of 20 games ... Has 76 career blocks, eighth-best in school history ... In the last four games, has hit 29-of-51 shots for .569.

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Fresno, Ca
A pre-season John Wooden All-America candidate ... Also a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's best point-guard ... A co-captain along with Nick Robinson ... In his second season as the starter at point-guard ... The team leader in minutes played (33.8 mpg, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has played 30 or more minutes in 16 games ... Stanford's second-leading scorer (14.5 ppg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Started the year with a career-high 30 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 17-for-18 from the free throw line) against USF (11/19/04) ... Helped lead Stanford to victory over nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) with 23 points, a career-high six steals and four assists ... Scored 23 points and made six free throws in the final 21 seconds in Stanford's 69-65 victory vs Oregon State (1/27/05) ... Hitting .802 (77-96, #8 in the Pac-10) from the free throw line ... Averaging 3.9 apg (#6 in the Pac-10) ... Dished out a season-high seven assists at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... The team leader in three-pointers made (38) ... Hit 5-of-7 three point attempts at California (1/15/05) ... Hitting .437 (38-for-87) from behind the arc, fifth-best in the Pac-10 ... In the last seven games, has hit 18-of-34 shots from three-point range for .529 ... Averaging 1.63 steals per game, third-best in the Pac-10 ... Collected five steals at USC (1/22/05).

#42 Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Center, Hampton, Va
In his third season as a starter at center ... Averaging 10.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game (#10 in the Pac-10) ... Stanford's top shooter at .564 (#3 in the Pac-10) ... In the last seven games, has hit 36-of-61 shots for .590 ... Scored a career-high 19 points (9-for-11 from the floor) along with six rebounds and three steals against Louisville (11/24/04) ... Collected 16 points (7-fof-10 from the floor) and 12 rebounds against nationally-ranked Arizona (1/8/05) ... Followed up the Arizona game with 16 points (6-for-9) along with eleven rebounds at California (1/15/05) ... Tallied his first double-double of the year with 12 points and ten rebounds at Washington (1/2/05) ... In the last seven games, has averaged 8.7 rebounds per game.

#10 Tim Morris, 6-4, 215, Redshirt Freshman, Guard, Atlanta, Ga
Has been declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the year ... Had emerged as one of Stanford's better players during his redshirt freshman season ... Averaged 7.4 ppg ... Played double-digit minutes in ten of 12 games, and played 20 or more minutes in eight games ... Scored a season-high 13 points (6-for-9 from the field) against UC Davis (12/18/04) ... Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Started his first collegiate game at Washington (1/2/05) with 12 points ... Hit .944 (17-fof-18) from the free throw line.

#55 Peter Prowitt, 6-10, 250, Freshman, Arlington, Va
Has played double-digits in minutes played in seven games ... Played a season-high 21 minutes against Michigan State (12/11/04) ... Scored a season-high in points (7, 7-for-8 from the free throw line) against Michigan State (12/11/04), and rebounds (5) and blocked shots (4) against Dartmouth (12/22/04) ... Scored six points in 13 minutes against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in seven minutes of play at UCLA (1/20/05) ... Blocked three shots in Stanford's 87-76 victory over Arizona (1/8/05) ... Second on the team in blocks with eleven.

#21 Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Forward, Liberty, Mo
A co-captain along with Chris Hernandez ... In his second season as a starter ... Averaging 8.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game ... Tops on the team in steals (32, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has 92 career steals, 16th-best in school history ... Tallied a career-high 17 points (6-for-8 from the floor) at Arizona State (2/3/05) ... Scored 13 points along with three assists and two blocks in Stanford's 75-64 victory at UCLA (1/20/04) ... Scored eleven points at Denver (12/13/04), at Washington (1/2/05) and at California (1/15/05) ... Collected ten points and five rebounds against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against Oregon State (1/27/05) ... Collected eight rebounds against Brigham Young (11/23/04) ... Averaging 32.9 minutes per game, ninth in the Pac-10.

#44 Fred Washington, 6-5, 210, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca
One of Stanford's top reserves ... Scored a season-high eight points and grabbed a season-high five rebounds in 18 minutes of play against Oregon (1/29/05) ... Scored eight points in 15 minutes of play against Dartmouth (12/22/04).

#3 Carlton Weatherby, G, 6-1, 180, Junior, Tacoma, Wa
Is out of action indefinitely after breaking his foot in practice on Dec. 7 ... Underwent successful surgery on Dec. 10 at Stanford Hospital.

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