No. 13 Men's Basketball Opens Regular Season With UC Irvine

Nov. 15, 2005

CARDINAL KICK OFF 05-06 SEASON AGAINST UC IRVINE: The 13th-ranked Stanford men's basketball team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens the 2005-06 season at home against UC Irvine (1-1, 0-0 Big West) at noon at Maples Pavilion, Saturday, November 19. The game can be heard live on KNEW (910 AM) radio where Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.MAPLES HOME OPENERS: Stanford is 32-5 at Maples in its home openers and 75-15 overall on the Farm. Last year, the Cardinal defeated UC Davis, 72-62, in its first game back in the newly renovated Maples.

STANFORD WINS BOTH EXHIBITIONS: The Cardinal posted a 87-52 exhibition victory over Sonoma State ... 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 ... The Cardinal shot 17-for-19 from the free throw line ... All 13 players on the Cardinal roster saw action in the game ... Stanford followed with a 99-70 victory over Cal Poly Pomona last weekend ... Fred Washington (Los Angeles, CA) scored 17 points, including going 9-of-9 from the free throw line ... Matt Haryasz scored 12 of his 21 points in the first five minutes of the second half.

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.

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).

UP NEXT: The Cardinal continue the action in Maples Pavilion, hosting San Francisco at 4 p.m. on November 23 on FOX Sports Net Bay Area.

STANFORD PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN CONFERENCE MEDIA POLL: The Arizona Wildcats are picked to finish first 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. The poll shows that defending Pac-10 champion Arizona gathered 23 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. Stanford picked up nine first-place votes and is tabbed for second place. 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.

HEAD COACH Trent Johnson: Trent Johnson became the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history on May 25, 2004 and begins his second season in 2005-06. In Johnson's first season on The Farm, he showed the strength of his leadership style as Stanford dealt with a season-ending injury to its leading scorer and only nine healthy players competing at the end of the year. But despite the obstacles, Johnson helped lead the Cardinal to its11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. With an 18-13 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 Conference (third place finish), three players were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams: Chris Hernandez (first team), Dan Grunfeld (first team) and Matt Haryasz (honorable mention). Hernandez and Grunfeld were further honored as first-team NABC District-14 selections. In addition to the numerous 'on the court' accolades his players picked up, several student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom. Grunfeld was honored as a 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic Second Team All-American selection while four of the five first-team Pac-10 All-Academic spots were awarded to Cardinal players (Grunfeld, Hernandez, Rob Little and Nick Robinson). Jason Haas was second team selection as well.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR 2005 PETE NEWELL CHALLENGE: Tickets are on sale 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.

Anteater Notes ...
* UC Irvine established a school record for margin of victory against a Division I opponent with a 94-40 win over Mississippi Valley State in the consolation game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at Winston-Salem, N.C.
* The previous school record versus a D-I opponent was 46 points in a 108-62 win over San Diego Jan. 10, 1981. The all-time UCI record for margin of victory is 68 points in a 91-23 romp over D-III Pomona-Pitzer Dec. 7, 2002.
* Nic Campell is leading the way for the Anteaters with 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 22 against Mississippi Valley State last week.

The Stanford-UC Irvine Series...
Stanford holds a 5-0 advantage in the all-time series with the Anteaters ... The last Cardinal win coming in 2003-04 - a 72-59 road victory ... The last Stanford win at Maples came in 2002-03 (W, 84-57).

The Stanford vs. Big West...
Stanford is 63-13 overall vs. Big West opponents and are 49-6 against them at home.

Coach Pat Douglass...
Pat Douglass, who enters his ninth season as UC Irvine's head coach in 2005-06, is two wins shy of 500 career victories as he prepares for his 25th year as a head coach on the four-year collegiate level. Coach Douglass is 498-225 overall and 122-107 at the helm of the Anteaters, who finished 16-13 overall last season. He has led UCI to 93 wins over the past five seasons.

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