Haryasz Leads Stanford Past Harvard
Dec 28, 2003
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Matt Haryasz spent more time signing autographs after the game than he did in another dazzling performance on the court.
Haryasz set a career high for the second straight game with 16 points and No. 6 Stanford remained unbeaten with a 100-59 victory over winless Harvard on Sunday night.
Haryasz, a 6-foot-10 reserve sophomore forward who scored 15 in a win over Southern Utah on Monday, set the tempo in Stanford's strong second half, hitting the floor for loose balls. He also grabbed seven rebounds, four on the offensive end, and did it all in only 15 minutes.
Haryasz left the game with 8:30 remaining with a cut over his right eye after being elbowed in a crowd under the basket. He needed six stitches.
'I think that's probably the end of my modeling career,' Haryasz said while patiently putting his name on various cards and posters.
'I've been feeling really good playing right now. I'm hitting my stride and coming into my own and doing what I can do.'
Matt Lottich added 19 points and Rob Little 17 points and nine rebounds for Stanford (9-0), which went to its bench early and used a 21-3 spurt to turn the game into a blowout early in the second half. Joe Kirchofer's basket with 13:08 left made it 64-34.
Stanford scored 100 points for the first time since beating Washington 105-60 during the 2001-02 season. Harvard gave up 100 points for the second straight game.
Stanford held a 48-25 rebounding advantage. Justin Davis added 14 points and seven boards for Stanford, which shot 62.5 percent in the second half to finish with its second-best shooting performance of the season at 54.1.
Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery still wasn't satisfied, but rarely is.
'Our execution is poor,' he said. 'When we play hard defense, we do a pretty good job. I don't think that everybody understands why we're doing what we're doing.'
Harvard leading scorer Kevin Rogus had 22 points for the struggling Crimson (0-11), who have lost 13 in a row dating to last season. This is their longest losing streak since they dropped 17 straight from Feb. 15-Dec. 28, 1991.
'We could not compete inside against them,' Harvard coach Frank Sullivan said. 'We knew it coming in. Stanford played the way they've played all year long. They're good in every phase of the game. We got rattled early in the second half and that was our undoing.'
But the Crimson had been competitive in their previous four games. They lost those games by a combined total of 17 points, including a 101-95 overtime loss to Rider on Monday, but trailed as many as 33 against a talented and much-improved Stanford squad.
It was the eighth meeting between the schools and Stanford has won all of them, including 65-59 when the teams last played on Dec. 30, 1995.
Rogus scored eight straight for the Crimson during one stretch in the first half, including back-to-back 3-pointers. Harvard came into the game shooting just 27 percent from long range, but got many open looks from the perimeter and made them count to finish 40.7 percent from behind the arc.
Harvard pulled within 30-27 on Zach Martin's 3-pointer 5:21 before halftime.
The Cardinal began the game 6-for-15, but used a 19-5 run to take a big lead.
Josh Childress, a junior forward and the Cardinal's top returning scorer from last season, warmed up with the team for the first time this season. He has a stress reaction in his left foot and is expected to return next week, when the Pac-10 season begins.
Childress got so excited on one play he walked toward the bench as if ready to check in.
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