Unbeaten Stanford Hosts Southern Utah

Dec. 21, 2003

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Stanford (7-0) vs Southern Utah (4-4)
Monday, December 22, 2003, 7:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Stanford Cardinal Starters (7-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca (11.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo (6.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Junior, Hampton, Va (10.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il (15.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg. 4.7 apg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca (13.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg)

Southern Utah Thunderbird Starters (4-4 overall, 0-0 Mid-Continent)
F - David Palmer, 6-7, 210, Senior, Robbins, Ca (14.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
F - DeAngelo Newsom, 6-5, 220, Junior, Memphis, Tn (9.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
F - Robbie Warren, 6-8, 225, Senior, Springville, Ut (6.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
G - Rand James, 6-4, 190, Sophomore, Cedar City, Ut (3.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
G - Jason Baker, 6-2, 185, Junior, South Jordan, Ut (10.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

Series Story
Stanford holds a 2-0 lead over Southern Utah ... Both games were held at Maples Pavilion ... During the 1991-92 season, the Cardinal scored a 89-71 victory, and then during the 2001-02 campaign, Stanford seized a 81-63 decision over the Thunderbirds ... Southern Utah is a member ofthe Mid-Continent Conference ... Stanford has never lost to a Mid-Continent Conference member in seven games.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 18th season as head coach at Stanford ... Montgomery is 370-165 on The Farm, and holds an overall career record of 524-242 (17-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) ... Montgomery has led Stanford to nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Montgomery is 2-0 against Southern Utah ... Bill Evans is in his 12th season at Southern Utah with a record of 164-160 ... Evans is the winningest coach in SUU history ... Evans is 0-1 against Stanford.

Scouting Stanford
A 7-0 start, a victory over a #1 ranked team, two road victories, a 18-point victory in the season opener and three wins in the last three games by a total of 49 points ... That's pretty good news to start the 2003-04 season for the Stanford Cardinal basketball team ... Stanford returns to Maples Pavilion to face the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah University on Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. ... The Cardinal is coming off another solid game against one of the top teams in the nation, the Bulldogs of Gonzaga ... Stanford scored a 87-80 victory over Gonzaga (12/20/03) as Honors Candidate Matt Lottich tallied a career-high 34 points (six 3-pointers in seven attempts) ... Honors Candidate Justin Davis added 18 points and nine rebounds while Rob Little scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds ... Stanford's 87 points broke the Pete Newell Challenge mark previously held by Cal (85) vs Georgia (64) on Dec. 21, 2000 ... Stanford held a 39-27 halftime, thanks to part to holding Gonzaga to noly a 36 shooting percentage ... The Cardinal increased its lead to as many as 17 points, 53-36, with 13:55 in the second half ... Gonzaga cut the margin to five points, 79-74, with 46 seconds to play, but the Cardinal went 10-for-10 from the free line in the final 1:15 to keep the Zags at bay.

Depth Dialogue
With the loss of two starters to injuries, Stanford's depth has played an important role in the team's 7-0 start ... Nine players on the eleven man roster are averaging at least 12.3 minutes per game, while a tenth player (Fred Washington), is averaging 8.0 minutes per game ... Reserve forward Matt Haryasz has come off the bench shoot .538 while averaging 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game ... Haryasz is the team leader in blocks (13) ... Haryasz is averaging 17 minutes per game in reserve, while Dan Grunfeld is averaging 16.3 minutes per game off the bench ... In four of the seven games, Stanford's bench has outscored the oppositions bench.

Shooting Stats
In the last three games, Stanford has hit 93-of-177 shots from the floor for .525 percent ... Stanford has hit 50 percent of better in shooting in three of the seven games.

Neutral Notation
Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 34-12 ... In two neutral court games this year, the Cardinal scored a 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) in Anaheim at the John Wooden Classic, and then followed up with a 87-80 victory over then #13 Gonzaga in Oakland at the Pete Newell Challenge.

Home Hoopla
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 113-21 (.843) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 47-3 (.940) vs non-league opponents and 66-18 (.786) against Pac-10 schools.

Road Review
Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 56-11 (.836) on enemy turf ... This year, Stanford has scored road wins at UC Irvine (72-59, 11/25/03) and Rice (60-56, 11/30/03).

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.

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 Candidate ... Stanford's leading rebounder (7.6 rpg) ... Grabbed a team-high ten rebounds in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) and ten more against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Scored a season-high 21 points (9-for-10 from the floor, hit his first seven shots) along with ten rebounds against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and four steals (career-high) in Stanford's 87-80 victory over Gonzaga (12/20/03) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... 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 ... Shooting a team-leading .569 (29-for-51) ... Has hit 50 percent or better in five of Stanford's seven games.

#20 Dan Grunfeld, F, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, River Hills, Wi
An important reserve ... Averaging 16.3 minutes per game ... Scored a career-high 13 points along with four rebounds and two steals in a career-high 27 minutes against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Tallied nine points (7-for-8 from the free throw line) along with two assists in 17 minutes of play against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Grabbed five rebounds at UC Irvine (11/25/03).

#32 Jason Haas, G, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Centre Hall, Pa
Earned his first collegiate start against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Subbing for an injured Chris Hernandez, started the two games (UNLV, Florida International) ... In those two games, played 58 minutes, scored eleven points, dished out seven assists along with five rebounds and three steals ... Played a career-high 33 minutes, six points (4-for-4 from the free throw line), five assists and two steals against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Followed up with five points and four rebounds (career-high) against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Has played double-digit minutes in five of the seven games ... Played ten key minutes in the second half against Gonzaga (12/20/03) after starter Chris Hernandez picked up his fourth foul with 13:12 in the second half and helped maintain Stanford's lead ... 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 ... Shooting .538 (21-for-39) ... Has shot 50 percent or better in five of the seven games ... Averaging 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds off the bench ... Averaging 17.0 minutes per game ... 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) ... Added ten points (4-for-6 from the floor) against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Scored nine points (3-for-3 from the floor) along with four rebounds and a block against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Leads the team in blocked shots (13) ... Has at least one block in all seven games ... Netted a career-high three blocks against Rice (11/30/03) and against then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) ... Grabbed six rebounds along with eight points against Gonzaga (12/20/03) at the Pete Newell Challenge.

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Guard, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca
Stanford's second leading scorer (13.0 ppg) ... Returned to action against Gonzaga (12/20/03) after missing the previous two games against UNLV (12/13/03) and Florida International (12/15/03) with two bulging disks in his lower back ... Leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (.526, 10-for-19) and free throw percentage (27-for-28, .964) ... Has hit his last 24 straight free throws ... Averaging 4.4 assists per game ... 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 12.3 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) ... Has hit 10-of-17 shots from the floor for 59 percent.

#42 Rob Little, C, 6-10, 260, Junior, Hampton, Va
Averaging 10.9 points per game, #3 on the Cardinal ... Also grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game, #2 on the team ... Has scored in double figures in 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) ... Collected 17 points (8-for-11 from the floor) against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Garnered 14 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in Stanford's 87-80 victory over Gonzaga (12/20/03) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... 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 six of the seven games ... Averaging 15.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game ... Scored a career-high 34 points (12-for-17 from the floor, six 3-pointers in seven attempts) along with a career-high seven assists in Stanford's 87-80 victory over Gonzaga (12/20/03) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... His 34 points (25 in the second half) against Gonzaga broke the Pete Newell Challenge record of 29 by Cal's Gene Carlisle vs North Carolina on Dec. 29, 1998 ... Tallied 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 ... Collected 17 points and six assists in 31 minutes against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Scored 13 points (two 3-pointers) in the season opener against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Tops on the team in assists (33, 4.7 apg) ... 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-Olinda 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 seven games ... Averaging 6.7 points and 5.3 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 ... Scored eight points (4-for-6 from the floor) and grabbed six rebounds against Florida International (12/15/03) ... Collected seven points (3-for-3 from the floor), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block against UNLV (12/13/03) ... Tallied a career-high eight assists with only one turnover in Stanford's 87-80 victory over Gonzaga at the Pete Newell Challenge.

#44 Fred Washington, F, 6-5, 205, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca
Despite his youth on the collegiate level, has contributed to Stanford's success ... Has played double-digit minutes in three games ... 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 ... Against UNLV (12/13/03), tallied six points (2-for-2 from the floor), four rebounds and a steal in 10 minutes of play.

#3 Carlton Weatherby, G, 6-0, 175, Sophomore, Tacoma, Wa
Has played in three games (Sacramento State, UNLV, Florida International).

Thunderbolt Tales
Southern Utah arrives at Maples Pavilion with a 4-4 record ... In their last game at Long Beach State (12/20/03), the Thunderbirds scored a 60-59 decision as Jason Baker scored 26 points (7-for-12 from the floor, 9-for-9 from the free throw line) ... The Thunderbirds shot 56 percent from the floor ... Southern Utah is located in Cedar City, Utah ... The Thunderbirds biggest win of the season was a 55-36 victory over Washington State, its first-ever win over a Pac-10 school in SUU history ... David Palmer led the Thunderbirds with 13 points while DeAngelo Newsom added 13 points and 13 rebounds ... Southern Utah held WSU pre-season All-America candidate Marcus Moore scoreless for the first time in his collegiate career ... SUU limited the Cougars to .255 percent shooting, including a .192 percent effort in the first half when the Thunderbirds took a 29-13 advantage ... Southern Utah outrebounded Washington State, 44-26 ... Palmer leads the Thunderbirds in scoring at 14.9 ppg ... Palmer is shooting .552 from the floor, and 60 percent (21-for-35) from three-point territory ... Newsom is the team's other double-digit scorer at nearly 10.5 points per game ... Newsom is the team's leading rebounder at 7.8 per game.

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.

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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