No. 13 Stanford Men's Basketball Takes On Cal Poly Pomona In Exhibition Game

Nov. 8, 2005

Cardinal Host Broncos On Saturday: The 13th-ranked Stanford men's basketball team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) wraps up exhibition play against Cal Poly Pomona (0-0, 0-0 CCAA) this Saturday, November 12, at 1 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The game will be available to view on the web live at www.gostanford.com.

Stanford Defeats Sonoma State In Exhibition: The Cardinal posted a 87-52 exhibition victory over Sonoma State on Saturday in Maples Pavilion ... Freshman Lawrence Hill (Glendale, AZ) netted 14 points, grabs eight boards and blocks four shots while senior Matt Haryasz (Page, AZ) chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds, including a 6-for-6 performance at the line ... Vince Inglima scored 17 points to lead Sonoma State, a Division II school from nearby wine country. J.T. Tipton had seven rebounds ... The Cardinal shot 17-for-19 from the free throw line ... All 13 players on the Cardinal roster saw action in Saturday's game.

About The Broncos: Cal Poly Pomona (Division II) finished 24-7 in '04-'05 and 16-4 in the CCAA (first place) recording their third consecutive 20-win season ... They are coached by Greg Kamansky, who is in sixth year at the helm, and return three starters from last year's squad, including Hervey Malone III and Jonathan Boyd ... The Broncos opened their exhibition season last week with a game against UC Irvine, falling 94-56 to the Anteaters ... The Broncos have won 68 games over the past three seasons, which is the best three-year stretch in the program's history.

Stanford Picked Second In Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll: The Stanford men's basketball team has been tabbed to finish second in the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. Defending Pac-10 Champion Arizona gathered 23 first-place votes and is picked as the favorite this season. UCLA, which picked up the remaining two first-place votes is slotted for third place. Washington, the defending Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament champion, is picked fourth, followed by California, Oregon and Oregon State. USC narrowly edges out Washington State for eighth, while Arizona State rounds out the preseason poll.

Tickets On Sale Monday For 2005 Pete Newell Challenge: Tickets will go on sale Monday morning for the 2005 Pete Newell Challenge Presented by TicketsNow, through all Ticketmaster outlets and at The Arena in Oakland box office. The ninth-annual college basketball event is set for Wednesday, Dec. 21, at The Arena in Oakland. The Cal Golden Bears are back in the Pete Newell Challenge after a one-year absence, taking on Big East newcomer DePaul in the second game of the doubleheader. In the first game, which begins at 5:30 p.m., highly regarded Stanford will meet Princeton. This will be a rare West Coast appearance for both DePaul and Princeton, who will be participating in the Pete Newell Challenge for the first time. Ticketmaster can be reached in the Bay Area by calling 510.625.8497, 415.421.8497 or 408.998.8497, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

Up Next: Stanford opens the 2005-06 regular season with a home game against UC Irvine on Saturday, November 19, at noon, in Maples Pavilion.

Cardinal Prepare For 2005-06 Season: While the 2005-06 squad looks to be stacked with experience, as three starters return, youth may be an equal part of the equation for success this season. Stanford's four seniors - Chris Hernandez, Jason Haas, Matt Haryasz and Dan Grunfeld - will figure prominently into the mix this year.

The backcourt duo of Hernandez and Grunfeld is considered one of the top in the nation and will anchor the Cardinal offense this season. Hernandez, a two-timefirst-team all-conference selection, averaged 15.2 points per game as well as 4.0 assists in 2004-05. Grunfeld was the team's leading scorer with 17.9 points per game before when he went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, missing the final nine games.

With the loss of forward Nick Robinson and center Rob Little, Stanford will look to sophomores Peter Prowitt and Taj Finger to step up and provide solid play. Depth could be an issue for the Cardinal as forwards Fred Washington and Finger, along with Prowitt, will have to help Haryasz hit the boards. Haryasz averaged 12.5 points and is the Pac-10's returning rebound leader at 9.1 rebounds per game. He posted 11 double-doubles, including 10 over the final 15 games of the season.

Once again, Stanford will play a tough Pac-10 schedule as well as games against Gonzaga (at Spokane, Wash.), Virginia Tech (Las Vegas Shootout), Montana (at Missoula, Mont.) and Princeton (Pete Newell Challenge). For the first time, the Pacific-10 Tournament (March 8-11) will feature all 10 league teams and a shot at the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

04-05 Year In Review: It was a year of roster deletions for the Cardinal mainly because of injuries ... Stanford was down to nine healthy players (eight scholarship players, one walkon) as it ended the 2004-05 season ... Dan Grunfeld missed the last nine games of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered against California (2/12/05) ... Grunfeld, who underwent surgery on Feb. 23, was the team's leading scorer (17.9 ppg, #5 in the Pac-10) and third-leading rebounder (5.5 rpg, #16 in the Pac-10) ... Reserve guard Carlton Weatherby did not play this year because of a broken left foot ... Tim Morris missed the last 19 games of the season because of eligibility issues, while two other players, Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, decided to devote all their time to football ... Despite all the injuries, Stanford won 12 of its last 18 games to chalk up an overall record of 18-13, and 11-7 in the Pac-10 (third place) ... Stanford's 18 wins assured the Cardinal of its 12th straight winning season ... With the season ending injury to Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez checked in as the team's leading scorer on the active roster 15.2 ppg (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Rob Little was the team's leading shooter at .517 (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz was the team's leading rebounder (9.1 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (37, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson were among the league leaders in steals ... Hernandez was fourth in the Pac-10 at 1.73 steals per game while Robinson was seventh at 1.52 per game ... Stanford was second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (68.8 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.425) and free throw percentage (.737).

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll(Preseason)1.	Duke (28)2.	Connecticut3. 	Texas (2)4.	Villanova (1)5.	Michigan State6.	Oklahoma7.	Gonzaga8.	Louisville9.	Arizona10. 	Kentucky11.	Boston College12.	Memphis13. 	Stanford14.	Alabama15. 	West Virginia16.	Syracuse17.	Illinois18.	UCLA19.	Wake Forest20.	Iowa21.	Maryland22. 	Indiana23.	Iowa State24.	George Washington25.	Nevada

Associated Press Poll(Preseason)1. Duke (61)2. Texas (6)3. Connecticut4. Michigan State (4)5. Villanova (1)6. Oklahoma7. Louisville8. Gonzaga9. Kentucky10. Arizona11. Boston College12. Memphis13. Stanford14. West Virginia15. Alabama16. Syracuse17. Illinois18. Wake Forest19. UCLA20. Iowa21. George Washington22. Nevada23. Indiana24. Maryland25. Iowa State

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