No. 13 Stanford Upset By UC Irvine, 79-63
Nov. 19, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Ross Schraeder scored 19 points and UC Irvine used an impressive shooting performance and hustle to shock No. 13 Stanford 79-63 in the Cardinal's season-opener Saturday.
Shamar Armstrong scored six straight points in the final 3:19, and the Anteaters took advantage of a significant height advantage to pound the ball inside at every opportunity against a Stanford squad missing starting forward Matt Haryasz after he sprained his ankle in practice Friday.
Darren Fells added 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks for UC Irvine (2-1), which beat Stanford for the first time in six meetings between the schools. Stanford, picked to finish second in the Pac-10 behind Arizona, beat the Anteaters in Maples Pavilion 84-57 in December 2002 and again the following season on the road.
Stanford cut the lead to 61-56 on Grunfeld's basket with 3:55 left, then Armstrong hit a tough 3-pointer on the other end. On the next trip down, Armstrong converted a three-point play.
Dan Grunfeld scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half, making an impressive season debut after his breakout junior season a year was shortened because of a knee injury. But he looked tired at times in the second half trying to carry the majority of the load on offense while also grabbing nine rebounds.
Cardinal point guard Chris Hernandez finished with 13 points and five assists.
Schraeder made all six of his field-goal tries in the first half, and all three 3-point tries, as the Anteaters shot 69.2 percent (18-for-26), including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, on the way to a 43-35 halftime lead.
Schraeder, a 6-foot-5 senior guard and the team's leading scorer from last season, had plenty of help, too. Mark Kelley added 10 points for UC Irvine and three others had either eight or nine points.
The Anteaters were coming off a 94-40 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 11 in which they established a school record for margin of victory against a Division I opponent.
Haryasz is expected to be sidelined for at least a couple of days. Peter Prowitt replaced Haryasz in the staring lineup and struggled.
Grunfeld, playing with a brace on his surgically repaired right knee, led Stanford in scoring with 17.9 points a game last season before his injury on Feb. 12. He underwent surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament 11 days later.
Coach Trent Johnson began his second season with a tough defeat after the Cardinal struggled with injuries and other issues last season. Tim Morris missed the final 19 games because of academic problems and the Cardinal dressed in a trailer and started the season with seven road games before renovations on Maples Pavilion were complete.
Stanford lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament, ending a string of 10 straight years reaching the second round.