Unbeaten Cardinal Hosts Runnin' Rebels Of UNLV

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Dec. 10, 2003

Stanford (4-0) vs UNLV (5-1)
Saturday, December 13, 2003, 3:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,391)
Fox Sports Net

Stanford vs Florida International (2-4)
Monday, December 15, 2003, 7:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Stanford Cardinal Starters (4-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca (7.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo (8.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Junior, Hampton, Va (9.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il (11.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca (14.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 4.5 apg)

Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin' Rebel Starters (5-1 overall, 0-0 Mountain West)
F - Odartey Blankson, 6-7, 220, Junior, Chicago, Il (19.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg
F - Louis Amundson, 6-9, 215, Sophomore, Boulder, Co (8.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg
F - Romel Beck, 6-7, 185, Junior, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca (12.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
G - Demetrius Hunter, 6-2, 205, Senior, Las Vegas, Nv (10.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg
G - Jerel Blassingame, 5-10, 170, Junior, Brooklyn, NY (10.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg

Florida International Golden Panther Starters (2-4 overall, 0-0 Sun Belt)
F - Taurance Johnson, 6-9, 260, Junior, Williamsport, Pa (16.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg
F - Warren Gale, 6-7, 206, Junior, Miramar, Fl (3.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G - Carlos Morban, 6-2, 181, Jr, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (20.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
G - Junior Matias, 6-2, 210, Sr, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (14.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg
G - Marcus Robinson, 6-0, 172, Junior, Mesa, Az (14.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Series Story
This is the third game in the series with UNLV ... The series is tied at 1-1 ... This will be the first visit by UNLV to Stanford ... Last year in Las Vegas, Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery earned his 500th career win as Stanford used a 20-6 run to break a second half tie to defeat UNLV, 77-66 ... Honors Candidate Justin Davis produced 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds while All-America candidate Josh Childress collected 21 points and eleven rebounds ... Reserve point-guard Jason Haas led a second half charge for the Cardinal ... Haas collected three assists in 16 minutes of play ... Stanford is 27-31 agianst Mountain West Conference schools, while UNLV is 22-17 against Pac-10 schools ... Stanford has never played Florida International in basketball ... The Cardinal is 1-1 against schools from the Sun Belt Conference.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 18th season as head coach at Stanford ... Montgomery is 367-165 on The Farm, and holds an overall career record of 521-242 (17-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) ... Montgomery has led Stanford to nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Montgomery is 1-0 against Nevada-Las Vegas and 0-0 against Florida International ... Charlie Spoonhour is in his third season at UNLV with a record of 47-23 ... Spoonhour's career record (9 years at Southwest Missouri State, 7 seasons at St. Louis, 2-plus years at UNLV) is 367-194 ... Spoonhour is 0-1 against Stanford ... Donnie Marsh is in his fourth season at Florida International with a record of 28-66 ... Marsh is 0-0 against Stanford.

Scouting Stanford
A 4-0 start, a victory over a #1 ranked team, two road victories, and an 18-point victory in the season opener ... That's pretty good news to start the 2003-04 season for the Stanford Cardinal basketball team ... The Cardinal varsity will return to Maples Pavilion for the first time since Nov. 22 when Stanford hosts the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV (12/13/03) and Florida International (12/15/03) ... In its last game, Stanford recorded its third victory in the last four games against a #1 ranked team, this time a 64-58 decision over Kansas (12/6/03) at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim ... Honors Candidate Matt Lottich led Stanford with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 34 minutes ... Stanford enjoyed its biggest lead of the game, 27-15, with 5:36 in the first half, but the Jayhawks battled back to take a one point lead, 46-45, with 8:24 to play ... But Lottich buried a three-pointer to give Stanford back the lead, 48-46, with 7:09 on the clock ... Kansas tied the game at 54-54 with 4:26 in the game, but again Lottich hit two free throws to help key a 10-1 run for Stanford ... Chris Hernandez scored all eleven points from the free throw line along with three assists and two steals ... Honors Candidate Justin Davis and Nick Robinson combined for 17 rebounds while Matt Haryasz added a career-high three blocks.

Home Hoopla
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 111-21 (.841) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 45-3 (.938) vs non-league opponents and 66-18 (.786) against Pac-10 schools.

Season Starts
Stanford began its 89th season of intercollegiate competition when the Cardinal hosted Sacramento State (77-59 win on Nov. 22) ... The Cardinal is 73-16 in season openers, and has won 16 straight season openers dating back to the 1987-88 season ... Stanford now is 31-5 in home openers at Maples Pavilion.

League Ledger
Senior guard Matt Lottich has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 2-7 ... Lottich, from Winnetka, Ill, helped lead the Cardinal to a 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas on Dec. 6 at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim ... Lottich scored 18 points (five 3-pointers) along with 3-for-3 shooting from the free throw line ... Lottich added five rebounds, four assists and one steal as Stanford upped its season record to 4-0 ... It is the second straight week that a Stanford player has won Pac-10 Player of the Week honors ... Last week, Chris Hernandez scored 39 points (a career-high 22 points at UCI) in wins at UC Irvine and Rice ... Hernandez was 12-for-15 from the floor, 8-for-10 from three-point range, and 7-for-7 from the free throw line in the two games.

The 2003-04 Stanford Basketball Varsity

#2 Mark Bradford, 6-2, 190, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca
Joins the basketball season after playing his freshman year as a wide receiver on the Cardinal football team ... Caught 37 passes for 587 yards (15.9 ypc) and three touchdowns ... Started seven of the eleven games ... Averaged 20 points per game as a senior at Fremont High School.

#1 Josh Childress, G/F, 6-8, 205, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca
The All-America candidate will be out of the lineup until the conference opener with a stress reaction in the his left foot ... A pre-season John Wooden All-America candidate ... Also a candidate for Naismith Player of the Year.

#22 Justin Davis, F, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca
Honors Candiate ... Stanford's leading rebounder (7.8 rpg) ... Grabbed a team-high ten rebounds in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Hit 5-of-7 shots from the floor enroute to scoring 17 points against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Grabbed nine rebounds against then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) at the John Wooden Classic.

#20 Dan Grunfeld, F, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, River Hills, Wi
An important reserve ... Averaging nearly 15 minutes per game ... Grabbed five rebounds at UC Irvine (11/25/03)

#32 Jason Haas, G, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Centre Hall, Pa
Stanford's backup point-guard ... Has played in double-digit minutes in two of the four games ... Played a season-high 15 minutes in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Scored three points and dished out two assists in seven minutes of play against then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03).

#52 Matt Haryasz, F, 6-10, 225, Sophomore, Page, Az
Off to a strong start ... Averaging 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds off the bench ... Averaging 19.5 minutes per game ... Shooting .524 (11-for-21) from the floor ... Hit 5-of-5 shots for ten points along with a career-high seven rebounds in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Leads the team in blocked shots (9) ... Netted a career-high three blocks against Rice (11/30/03) and then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03).

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Guard, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca
Stanford's leading scorer (14.0 ppg) ... Shooting .520 from the field ... Leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (.563, 9-for-16) and free throw percentage (21-for-22, .955) ... Has hit 18 straight free throws ... Averaging 4.5 assists per game with five steals ... Named Pac-10 Player of the Week for helping lead Stanford to two victories at UC Irvine (72-59, 11/25/03) and Rice (60-56, 11/30/03) ... Scored 39 points against UCI and Rice ... Scored a career-high 22 points (16 in the first half) along with five assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes of play at UC Irvine ... Hit 8-of-9 shots from the floor, and 6-for-7 from three-point territory against the Anteaters ... Hit a career-high six three-pointers against UCI ... Scored 17 points (15 in the second half), dished out four assists and stole two passes in the win at Rice ... Hit 4-of-6 shots from the floor, and 2-for-3 from three-point territory ... Was 7-for-7 from the free throw line, including four free throws in the final 18 seconds to ice the game at Rice ... In the two games against UC Irvine and Rice, hit 12-of-15 shots for 80 percent, 8-of-10 from three-point range, and 7-for-7 from the free throw line ... Dished out nine assists along with two steals in 67 minutes of play.

#00 Joe Kirchofer, F, 6-9, 250, Senior, Elk Grove, Ca
Tri-captain ... Averaging 12 minutes per game in a reserve role ... Played a major role in Stanford's 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) at the John Wooden Classic ... Scored ten points (4-for-4 from the floor) in 13 minutes of play against the Jayhawks ... Played a season-high 17 minutes at UC Irvine (11/25/03) ... Scored six points (2-for-2 from the floor, 2-for-2 from the free throw line) along with three rebounds at UC Irvine (11/25/03) ... Hitting 6-of-8 shots from the floor for 75 percent.

#42 Rob Little, C, 6-10, 260, Junior, Hampton, Va
Averaging 9.3 points per game, #3 on the Cardinal ... Also grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game ... Shooting .500 (16-for-32) from the floor, fourth-best on the team ... Has scored in double figures in two of the four games ... Scored a season-high 17 points (7-for-11 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and two blocked shots at Rice (11/30/03) ... Scored 12 points and pulled down seven boards in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03).

#33 Matt Lottich, G, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il
Honors Candidate ... Tri-captain ... Has scored in double figures in three of the four games ... Tallied a season-high 18 points (5-for-10 from behind the arc) along with five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 34 minutes in a 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) ... Hit a critical three-pointer against the Jayhawks with 2:26 in the game to give Stanford a 59-55 lead ... For his efforts against Kansas (12/6/03), was named Pac-10 Player of the Week ... Scored 13 points (two 3-pointers) in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Second on the team in assists (15) ... Averaging 4.8 rebounds per game ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Sacramento State (11/22/03).

#15 Evan Moore, F, 6-7, 235, Freshman, Brea, Ca
Has joined the basketball team after playing his freshman season in 2003 on the Stanford football team ... Caught eight passes in six games for 150 yards (18.8 ypc) with one touchdown ... During his senior season at Brea High School, averaged 24.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game ... Team finished 25-4 and was named MVP of the Century League, first team All-CIF, all-state and Super Prep All-American.

#10 Tim Morris, G, 6-4, 215, Freshman, Atlanta, Ga
Redshirting the 2003-04 season.

#21 Nick Robinson, F/G, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo
Tri-captain ... A starter in all four games ... Averaging 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game ... Tallied eight rebounds and seven points along with two steals and a block in Stanford's 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas at the John Wooden Classic.

#44 Fred Washington, F, 6-5, 205, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca
Despite his youth on the collegiate level, has contributed to Stanford's success ... In 12 minutes of play at UC Irvine (11/25/03), scored nine points (6-for-6 from the free throw line), grabbed three rebounds and stole three passes in 12 minutes of play.

#3 Carlton Weatherby, G, 6-0, 175, Sophomore, Tacoma, Wa
Has played in one game (Sacramento State, 11/22/03).

Runnin' Rebel Roundup
The Runnin' Rebels of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) are off to a fast start with a 5-1 record ... UNLV holds two of its five wins against Pac-10 opponents ... On Dec. 3 at USC, the Runnin' Rebels defeated the Trojans, 92-83, in overtime ... UNLV was down by seven points with 1:07 to play in regulation ... Demetrius Hunter (G, 6-2, 205, Senior) scored 21 points while Romel Beck (F, 6-7, 185, Junior) added 20 ... Odartey Blankson (F, 6-7, 220, Junior) collected 14 points and 12 rebounds along with six assists ... The Runnin' Rebels shot .561 from the floor ... In their last game (12/6/03), UNLV scored a 78-61 victory at Loyola Marymount as Blankson added another double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds ... Beck added 19 points ... On Nov. 29, UNLV led California, 51-31, with 14:00 remaining in the game, and held on for a 59-57 victory ... Blankson scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds ... Blankson leads the team in scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.5 rpg) ... Blankson is shooting .579 from the floor.

Florida International Facts
The Golden Panthers of Florida International are 2-4 ... FIU will host LaSalle on Dec. 13 before heading west to play Stanford on Dec. 15 ... Four players average in double figures led by Carlos Morban (G, 6-2, 181, Junior) at 20.5 ppg ... Other double digit scorers are Taurence Johnson (16.3 ppg, F, 6-9, 260, Junior), Junior Matias (14.6 ppg, G, 6-2, 210, Senior) and Marcus Robinson (14.5 ppg, G, 6-0, 172, Junior) ... Morban is hitting .556 from the floor and 45 percent from three-point territory ... Johnson leads FIU in rebounding at 8.8 per game ... Florida International, which is located in Miami, is 0-3 on the road.

Mike Montgomery Press Conference and Teleconference Schedule

During the 2003-04 Stanford basketball season, Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery will host a series of press conferences and teleconferences. Please join us throughout the year to get an insight on this year's nationally-ranked Cardinal team.

All press conferences will be held in the ABC Room at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center at Stanford University.

The Stanford teleconferences can be accessed by calling (650) 723-2400

Media may contact the Pac-10 office to receive the media-only teleconference phone number for the live teleconference. The phone number for the taped replay is 420-222-9927.

Friday, December 19, Pete Newell Press Conference at Oakland Arena, Noon
Tuesday, December 30, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, December 30, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, January 6, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 6, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, January 13, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 13, Press Conference, ABC Room, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 20, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 20, Press Conference, ABC Room, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 27, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, January 27, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, February 3, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 3, Press Conference, 11:30 a.m., ABC Room
Tuesday, February 10, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 10, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, February 17, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 17, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, Feburary 24, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, February 24, Press Conference, 11:30 a.m., ABC Room
Tuesday, March 2, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, March 2, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400
Tuesday, March 9, Pac-10 Teleconference, 11:23 a.m.
Tuesday, March 9, Stanford Teleconference, 11:45 a.m., 650-723-2400

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