Cardinal Men Host Cal Poly Before Weekend Roadtrip

Nov. 28, 2005

CARDINAL HOST CAL POLY BEFORE HITTING THE ROAD: The Stanford men's basketball team (1-1, 0-0 Pac-10) close out its homestand with Cal Poly (1-2, 0-0 Big West) on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. The Cardinal then hit the road for the first time this season, taking on Montana (2-1, 0-0 Big Sky), Friday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in Missoula, Montana. The games will be broadcast on KNEW (910 AM). Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

CARDINAL DEFEAT SAN FRANCISCO: Matt Haryasz scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading Stanford to a 71-56 victory over San Francisco on Wednesday. It was his 12th career double-double. He also matched his career high with four assists and blocked four shots, his most since blocking six against Oregon last year. Taj Finger, making his first career start, added a career-high 15 points and six rebounds. Alan Wiggins Jr., who's younger sister Candice plays for the Stanford women's basketball team, scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed eight boards to lead San Francisco.

HOME COOKING: Stanford boasts a 361-163 overall record in the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion ... Against non-league opponents, that record is 176-35 ... Stanford is 3-1 against Cal Poly at Maples and enter Monday's contest with a three-game winning streak against the Mustangs ... The last loss to Cal Poly came in 1976-77 (L, 61-79).

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz moved into sixth place in career blocked shots at Stanford (87) with his four blocked shots against San Francisco last week ... He needs two more to move into a tie for fifth with former Cardinal standout Jason Collins (1997-01). Senior guard Chris Hernandez also made a move on the career charts, moving into seventh for career assists with 305 ... Hernandez is trying to catch Arthur Lee (1995-99) who is in sixth overall with 382 careers assists. Sophomore forward Taj Finger put up career numbers against the Dons last week, notching 15 points and six boards for the Cardinal in 26 minutes played.

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.

CONFERENCE DOMINANCE: Over the past 10 years in the Pac-10, Stanford and Arizona have won four league titles each and compiled 139-41 (.772) records over that span in conference play.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal will take their first road trip of the season, traveling to Montana, December 2 and UC Davis, December 4. Stanford then will head to Las Vegas, Nev., to play Virginia Tech on December 17, at the Las Vegas Showdown.

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. Johnson, who is considered one of the true teachers of the game, is a perfect fit for one of the most dominant basketball programs in the last two decades. 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

PETE NEWELL PRESS CONFERENCE: The Pete Newell Challenge press conference will be held, Monday, December 5, beginning at 11 a.m. at Momo's in the city ... California head coach Ben Braun as well as Stanford head coach Trent Johnson will be in attendance with a teleconference scheduled for the out-of-town coaches.

TICKET TUESDAY: Every Tuesday before a home game a limited number of tickets may be released for purchase online. Tickets are subject to availability. Visit or contact the Stanford Ticket Office at 1-800-STANFORD.

WINTER MADNESS: Take advantage of the Stanford student's winter break. With the students on break, it has opened up a limited amount of tickets to be purchased for the November 23, December 19, January 5 and January 7 games. Don't miss your chance to see the Pac-10 Powerhouse Stanford Cardinal in four great games.

PURCHASE A 6TH MAN T-SHIRT AND SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HEALTH: Purchase a special edition of the ever popular Stanford 6th Man t-shirt and support the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. Stanford Men's Basketball and the 6th Man Club recently partnered with the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to become the official philanthropic activity for Stanford Basketball. Half of the proceeds from the shirt sales will go directly to the Children's Fund, which helps pay for medical care for those who are uninsured.

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).

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