Cardinal Take On California and Gonzaga

Feb. 7, 2006

CARDINAL TRAVEL TO CAL/GONZAGA: The Stanford men's basketball team (12-7, 8-3 Pac-10) take a five-game winning streak across the Bay to California (14-6, 8-3 Pac-10), Thursday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Berkeley. The game can be seen on FOX Sports Net. On Saturday, February 11, the Cardinal travel to Spokane, Wash. for a non-conference tilt against No. 5 Gonzaga (18-3, 8-0 West Coast) at 6:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN. 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 SWEEP OREGON SCHOOLS ON THE ROAD:Chris Hernandez had 22 of his 28 points in the second half to lead Stanford to a 71-64 win over Oregon State on Saturday, despite losing leading scorer Matt Haryasz to a first-half injury. Nick DeWitz bounced back from two terrible games to score 17 off the bench for the Beavers, who lost for the fifth straight time. The Cardinal have won five in a row and eight of their last nine. Dan Grunfeld had 13 points for Stanford and Taj Finger added seven points and six rebounds. Chris Hernandez sank a 3-pointer with 11.3 seconds left to lift Stanford to a 57-56 come-from-behind victory over Oregon on Thursday. Hernandez scored Stanford's final eight points, rescuing the Cardinal from a 54-49 deficit with 2:20 to play. Hernandez finished with 20 points and Matt Haryasz had 24 points and 14 rebounds for Stanford. The Cardinal have won seven in a row against the Ducks, including its last three in Eugene.

HERNANDEZ NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Hernandez has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for January 30 - Feb. 5, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced. Hernandez, who hails from Fresno, Calif., led the Cardinal to a road sweep of the Oregon schools, averaging 24.0 points on 15-of-24 shooting (.625). On Thursday, Hernandez hit a three-pointer with 11.3 seconds left on the clock to give Stanford the 57-56 win over the Ducks. He scored 20 points, including four three-pointers and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He also added three assists, three rebounds, and a steal in 36 minutes on the court in Eugene. On Saturday, Hernandez scored a season-high 28 points to lead Stanford to a 71-64 win over the Beavers. Hernandez shot 9-of-13 (. 692) from the field, including 4-of-6 (.667) from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 at the foul line, to take over for the Cardinal after their leading scorer, Matt Haryasz, left the game with an eye injury in the first half.

COACHES VS. CANCER: Men's basketball coaches across the country are taking part this weekend with the Coaches vs. Cancer National Awareness Day (Feb. 10-12). Coaches will wear sneakers during games to show their support for the Coaches vs. Cancer program, a joint effor tby the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The Stanford coaching staff will take part in this event both Thursday (vs. Cal) and Saturday (vs. Gonzaga). For more information about the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer program, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

THREE-PEAT: A Stanford basketball player has claimed weekly conference honors for three consecutive weeks (Matt Haryasz - Jan. 23 &30; Chris Hernandez - Feb. 6) ... This is the first time in school history to claim the honor three straight weeks.

COACH J AND BIG WINS ON THE FARM: Stanford head coach Trent Johnson has already produced an upset win over then-No. 10 Washington (1/29) this season ... Last year, the Cardinal scored wins over No. 13 Arizona (1/8) and No. 10 Washington (4/5).

21 AND COUNTING: Chris Hernandez has now drained 21 straight free throws, dating back to the Jan. 26 game vs. Washington State ... In conference play, the senior guard is 48-of-50 from the line (.960), and shooting .509 from three-point range.

BLOCK PARTY: Freshman Lawrence Hill's six blocks against Washington tied a school record for most blocks in a single game ... It also ties the single game high this season in the Pac-10 ... The 10 team blocks vs. the Huskies was a season high for the Cardinal ... The Stanford record for blocked shots in a single game is 13 (vs. Oregon St., 2003-04)

MR. CLUTCH, PART TWO: With 0.2 second left on the clock, senior Chris Hernandez was fouled beyond the three-point line with Stanford trailing by three against Washington. The Fresno native stepped to the charity stripe and drained two of the three before the Huskies called a timeout. Hernandez then made the third free throw to send the game into overtime which the Cardinal won 76-67 ... The very next game, Hernandez hit a three-pointer with 11.3 second left on the clock to give Stanford the 57-56 win over Oregon. Saturday night, he scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Cardinal to a 71-64 win over Oregon State, after leading scorer Matt Haryasz left the game with an eye injury in the first half.

INJURY BUG: Stanford was bitten by the injury bug last year, ending the season with only nine healthy players ... This year, the Cardinal have also dealt with a series of injuries ... Senior Matt Haryasz has missed two games this season with an ankle injury and missed most of the Oregon State game (2/4) when he left with an eye injury ... Sophomore Peter Prowitt missed two games this year with back spasms and junior Fred Washington is out for the season after electing to have surgery to repair a tear in his patella (left knee).

1,000 AND COUNTING: Senior guard Chris Hernandez became the 34th player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career ... Currently Hernandez has 1,106 ... Fellow senior Matt Haryasz should join him this year ... He currently has 970.

NOTABLE: Matt Haryasz scored 20 or more points in six consecutive games before leaving the OSU game in the first half ... The last Cardinal player to do that was Casey Jacobsen during the 2000-01 season ... On the year, Haryasz has nine 20-plus point games ... The last Stanford player to win back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Week honors was Todd Lichti in 1989-99 (that year was honored three times as a player of the week) ... Haryasz has 25 blocks this season which ranks 20th for a single season on The Farm.

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

BY THE NUMBERS: Hernandez has tallied double figures in scoring 14 times this year and in 10 of the last 12 games ... Teammate Dan Grunfeld has posted double figures in 12 games this season ... 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 9-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Hernandez has at least one three-pointer made in all 19 games this season ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all 19 games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's nine double-doubles is second the Pac-10 (he has 19 for his career).

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is ranked fourth in career blocked shots at Stanford (105) 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 360 (7th). He also has 125 career steals, and is closing in on Arthur Lee (1995-99) who has 127 ... Stanford notched its first Pac-10 road win of the season against Arizona State ... Haryasz has recorded at least one block in the last six of the last games ... Chris Hernandez scored a season-high 28 points vs. OSU.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Stanford ranks seventh nationally in free throw percentage (.765) ... Matt Haryasz ranks 35th in the nation in rebounds per game (9.3) ... Chris Hernandez is 18th in free throw percentage (.893).

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 return home to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion as they take on Arizona State, Thursday, February 16, and Arizona, Sunday, February 19 (CBS).

WASHINGTON OUT FOR THE SEASON: Junior Fred Washington had surgery on Monday, January 23, to repair a tear in his patella (left knee) and is out for the season.

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.

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