Stanford Dominates Princeton, 58-34
Dec. 21, 2005
Freshman Mitch Johnson had five points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in another impressive performance off the bench.
Ten players got at least 10 minutes of time for the Cardinal (4-4), who won their second straight game following a three-game losing streak to move back to .500.
Kyle Koncz scored nine points to lead the Tigers (2-7), who fell behind early and never recovered on their way to their third straight loss. Princeton has played worse: The Tigers lost 41-21 to Monmouth on Dec. 14 before a 61-42 defeat at Wake Forest last Saturday.
In its final tuneup before the start of the Pac-10 season next week, Stanford improved to 8-0 all-time in this event after beating San Francisco 93-83 in overtime last year.
Noah Savage and Kevin Steuerer had eight points each for Princeton, which played without starting point guard Scott Greenman because of a back injury. The Tigers shot 32.5 percent, going 7-for-21 from 3-point range against Stanford's strong zone defense.
Stanford jumped out to a 19-3 lead with 11:46 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by Haryasz and led by as many as 23 on the way to a 35-14 lead at the break.
The Cardinal spent much of their two-week break for final exams working to upgrade their defense. They came out in a zone against the inexperienced Tigers two nights after forcing 20 turnovers in a 71-49 home win over Denver.
Princeton made only 5 of its 18 first-half field goals, managed just eight rebounds and committed 10 turnovers - not a good combination for winning.
This marked the first meeting between the schools since the Tigers' 88-85 victory during the 1971-72 season. Princeton had won all three previous matchups.
Former Princeton coach Pete Carril, the winningest coach in Ivy League history and now an assistant with the NBA's Sacramento Kings, received the 2005 Pete Newell Challenge Career Achievement Award in a ceremony at halftime.
It was Carril's first time seeing second-year coach Joe Scott's squad play live. The two are friends and talk often by phone.
Stanford forward Fred Washington missed his second straight game with tendinitis in his left knee.