Stanford Runs Past No. 10 Washington, 77-67
March 5, 2005
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Matt Haryasz had a career-high 24 points and 10rebounds, and an inspired Stanford team shocked No. 10 Washington 77-67 onSaturday, dashing the Huskies' hopes of at least a share of their first Pac-10title in two decades.
Washington had to wait to see if Arizona State could upset first-placeArizona and throw the conference championship into a tie. The Huskies (24-5,14-4 Pac-10) haven't won a league title since tying with Southern California in1985.
Brandon Roy had 16 points and eight rebounds, but the cold-shooting Huskiesnever found any rhythm only two days after making a school-record 16 3-pointersin a 106-73 victory at California. Washington has lost 12 straight games atMaples Pavilion, where a sellout crowd of 7,233 made things hard for theHuskies all day. Hundreds of students dressed in red ran onto the floor tocelebrate when the final buzzer sounded.
The Huskies had won four straight and eight of nine, and their frustrationwas evident when Roy hammered Fred Washington under the basket with 26.6seconds left for an intentional foul.
For Stanford (17-11, 11-7), the win was huge on the heels of an embarrassing59-48 loss to Washington State on Thursday. The Cardinal, who have reached thetournament's second round each of the past 10 seasons, did a lot to boost theirNCAA tournament chances with the victory.
Haryasz practically did it all on the day Stanford held a pregame ceremonyto honor seniors Rob Little and Nick Robinson, who played crucial roles in theteam's 30-2 season a year ago when the Cardinal were ranked No. 1.
In the first half, the 6-foot-11 Haryasz dribbled the ball upcourt againstWashington's full-court press, then swished a baseline jumper moments later.
Jason Haas scored a career-high 18 points and Chris Hernandez and Robinsoneach added 12 for the Cardinal, who kept the Huskies from reaching their mostvictories since the 1953 Washington team finished 28-3 and went on to theprogram's only Final Four.
Washington hasn't won at Maples since a 68-67 victory Jan. 30, 1993, andhasn't swept its annual Bay Area trip since the '84-85 season.
This Huskies team is accomplishing things the traditionallyfootball-frenzied school hasn't done since the days Detlef Schrempf andChristian Welp wore purple and gold. But now Washington will have to regroup ina hurry to prepare for next weekend's conference tournament in Los Angeles.
Huskies star Nate Robinson was held to 11 points on 4-for-16 shooting. Hewas loose before the game, dancing to the music of the Stanford band duringwarmups and thoroughly testing both baskets in renovated Maples Pavilion, whichreceived a $30 million facelift since the Huskies' last visit.
But Washington went 8:34 without a field goal spanning halftime and faced aStanford team that answered every Huskies' threat.
Washington and Arizona split their season series, so if they share theconference title, the tiebreaker will go the team with a better record againstthe third-place team.
The Huskies fell behind 9-4, but responded with an 11-1 run to go ahead asStanford missed 11 of its first 14 shots. But Washington was held scorelessover the final 5:22 of the half and trailed 31-29 at the break after Stanfordclosed on a 10-0 run.