Stanford Men Host Washington State And Washington

Jan. 25, 2006

CARDINAL HOST WASHINGTON SCHOOLS: The Stanford men's basketball team (8-7, 4-3 Pac-10) continue league play this week hosting Washington State (9-7, 2-5 Pac-10) at 7:00 p.m. in Maples on Thursday, January 26. On Sunday, January 29, the Cardinal will face No. 9/10 Washington (16-2, 5-2 Pac-10) at 5:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Net. KNEW (910 AM) will broadcast both games this weekend. Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

CARDINAL SPLIT WITH ARIZONA SCHOOLS ON THE ROAD: Matt Haryasz had a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Stanford held off Arizona State 70-64 on Saturday. Chris Hernandez and Mitch Johnson each sank a pair of free throws in the final 15 seconds to give the Cardinal their fourth win in five games. Senior Dan Grunfeld added 15 points. Freshman Marcus Williams scored a season-high 22 points and Mustafa Shakur had 13 points and a career-high 12 assists, lifting Arizona to a 90-81 win over Stanford in overtime Thursday night. Cardinal Matt Haryasz had 25 points while Stanford also got 13 points from Laurence Hill and 12 each from Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld.

HARYASZ NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford forward/center Matt Haryasz has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 16 - 22, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced this week. Haryasz, who hails from Page, Ariz., averaged 26.0 points and 2.5 blocks last weekend in his homecoming at the Arizona schools. On Thursday, Haryasz scored 25 points, shooting 8-of-15 (.533) from the field, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line, in the Cardinal's 90-81 overtime loss at Arizona. He also posted seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals in Tucson. On Saturday, Haryasz collected his seventh double-double of the season, as Stanford picked up its first win on the road at Arizona State. He posted a career-high 27 points, shooting 9-of-15 (.600) from the field, and a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe, and added 10 boards in the 70-64 win. The senior also made his 100th block against the Sun Devils, becoming only the fourth player in school history to record 100 blocks in a career. His mark ranks fourth on the Farm's all-time list, passing former Cardinal standout Josh Childress' 95 career blocks. This season, Haryasz is averaging a team-leading 18.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.

HERNANDEZ HITS 1,000 POINT MARK: Senior guard Chris Hernandez became the 34th player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career ... Currently Hernandez has 1,032.

NOTABLE: Matt Haryasz has scored over 20 points in his last three games, setting a career high of 25 vs. Arizona on Thursday - then scored a new career-high 27 against Arizona State on Saturday night ... On the season, he has six 20-plus point games.

HOME COURT WINNING STREAK: The Cardinal have won six consecutive game in Maples since an opening game loss to UC Irvine on 11/19.

WSU Last Week...
Chris Stephens scored 23 points Saturday night to lead Oregon State past Washington State 59-50. Robbie Cowgill had 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks for Washington State (9-7, 2-5). Kyle Weaver added 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals for the Cougars, who have lost four straight. Malik Hairston sank two 3-point field goals in the final 12 seconds, including the game-winning basket with four-tenths of a second remaining, to lift Oregon to a 52-50 victory over Washington State on Thursday night. Josh Akognon led WSU with 18 points. Robbie Cowgill scored 12 points and had a team-high five rebounds for the Cougars.

Cougar Notes ...
Washington State has used 13 different starting line-ups in 16 games this season ... The Cougars rank second in the league with 4.63 blocks per game (74 total blocks) ... Ivory Clark posted three blocks against Oregon State - it was the third time that he's rejected three shots in a game..

The Stanford-WSU Series...
Stanford leads the all-time series with WSU, 60-54, and have won 18 of the last 20 meetings ... Last year, the Cougars swept the regular season series, winning 59-48 in Palo Alto, and 60-51 in Pullman ... Stanford beat Washington State, 60-58, in Los Angeles at the Pac-10 Tournament ... The Cardinal are 35-20 against the Cougars at home.

Coach Dick Bennett...
Named the 15th head basketball coach of WSU on March 15, 2003 ... In his third season with the Cougars ... In his first season at WSU, he led the team to their most wins (7) in Pac-10 play since 1997 ... 1999 Naismith Coach of the Year finalist, Associated Press Coach of the Year Top 10 Nominee, and Clair Bee Award Finalist ... 1994 Basketball Times Coach of the Year.

The Stanford vs. Pac-10...
Stanford is 628-661 all-time versus Pac-10 opponents.

BY THE NUMBERS: Hernandez has tallied double figures in scoring 10 times this year and in five of the last six games ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in 11 games this season and is on a five-game streak in double digits ... Matt Haryasz saw his streak of 24 consecutive game scoring in double digits come to an end against UCLA (12/31) when he left the game early with a left ankle sprain ... Stanford is 7-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 2-6 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 15 games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's seven double-doubles leads the Pac-10 (he has 16 for his career) ... Dan Grunfeld tied his career high with 11 rebounds against the Golden Bears earlier this season.

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is ranked fourth in career blocked shots at Stanford (100) becoming only the fourth player on The Farm to reach 100 blocks for a career. Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Arthur Lee (1995-99) who is in sixth overall with 382 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 348 (7th). He also has 120 career steals, and is closing in on Arthur Lee (1995-99) who has 127 ... Haryasz has had six 20-plus point games and seven double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Stanford notched its first Pac-10 road win of the season against Arizona State.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Stanford leads the league as a team in free throw percentage (.776) and are third in rebounding (35.1) ... Matt Haryasz ranks third in scoring (18.4) and second in rebounds (9.0) ... He is also tied for sixth in blocked shots at 1.31 per game while first in offensive rebounds (3.15 pg) and third in defensive rebounds (5.85 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 13th in points per game (13.4 ppg) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.9) ... Chris Hernandez is fourth in 3-pt FG made (2.33) per game and second in the league in free throw percentage (.857) ... Hernandez is third in 3-pt. FG percentage (.461) and 15th in scoring (12.5).

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Stanford ranks fifth nationally in free throw percentage (.776) ... Matt Haryasz ranks tied for 38th in the nation in rebounds per game (9.0) ... Chris Hernandez is 47th in free throw percentage (.857).

WIN NO. 100: Head coach Trent Johnson recorded his 100th win as a head coach in Stanford's 71-49 victory over Denver on December 19, 2005 at Maples Pavilion. Coach Johnson has a 101-91 record in seven years as a head coach.

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 begin the second half of league play on the road as they travel to the Oregon schools ... Stanford takes on Oregon, Thursday, February 2, in Eugene and Oregon State, on Saturday, February 4, in Corvallis.

INJURY UPDATE: Sophomore center Peter Prowitt (back spasms) is listed as day-to-day ... Junior Fred Washington had surgery on Monday to repair a tear in his patella (left knee).

PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR: Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor. The induction will take place at the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout Adam Keefe is the Cardinal recipient in 2005-06. Keefe's name appears in the Stanford record book 38 times. The three-time all-conference selection was named to five all-america teams during his three seasons on The Farm. He was a first round draft pick in 1992 by the Atlanta Hawks. He was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

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.

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 gostanford.com or contact the Stanford Ticket Office at 1-800-STANFORD.

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.

LISTEN TO THIS: The Cardinal men's basketball games can also be heard on KZSU 90.1 FM this season - Stanford's student radio station.

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