No. 5 Unbeaten Cardinal Hosts WSU In Pac-10 Season Opener

Dec. 31, 2003

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Stanford (9-0) vs Washington State (6-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
Friday, January 2, 2004, 7:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Stanford vs Washington (5-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
Sunday, January 4, 2004, 1:00 p.m.
Maples Pavilion (7,391)

Stanford Cardinal Starters (9-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Justin Davis, 6-9, 230, Senior, Berkeley, Ca (11.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo (6.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Junior, Hampton, Va (10.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il (14.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca (10.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 4.7 apg)

Washington State Cougars Starters (6-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Shami Gill, 6-7, 238, Junior, Mission, British Columbia (5.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
F - Chris Schlatter, 6-6, 211, Junior, Lafayette, Ca (4.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
C - Ezenwa Ukeagu, 6-8, 253, Senior, Coral Springs, Fl (6.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg)
G - Thomas Kelati, 6-5, 184, Junior, Walla Walla, Wa (10.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
G - Marcus Moore, 6-6, 208, Senior, Inglewood, Ca (14.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg)

Washington Huskies Starters (5-3 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)
F - Mike Jensen, 6-8, 240, Sophomore, Covington, Wa (5.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg)
F - Bobby Jones, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Compton, Ca (12.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
G - Tre Simmons, 6-5, 195, Junior, Seattle, Wa (8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
G - Brandon Roy, 6-6, 200, Sophomore, Seattle, Wa (13.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
G - Will Conroy, 6-2, 190, Junior, Seattle, Wa (9.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

Series Story
Stanford has beaten Washington State 14 straight times to take a 56-52 advantage in the series ... Not since the 1995-96 season has the Cardinal lost to the Cougars ... The Stanford-WSU series is the seventh longest (108 games) in Cardinal history ... Stanford has won the last seven games over Washington State at Maples Pavilion, including a 72-54 decision last year as Honors Candidate Justin Davis scored 21 points and pulled down ten rebounds ... All-America candidate Josh Childress added 15 points and eight rebounds ... Eleven victories in the last 12 games has given Stanford a 62-54 lead in the series with the Washington Huskies ... The Stanford-Washington series (116 games) is the fifth longest in Stanford history ... Stanford had won ten straight games against the Huskies, but a 73-69 loss to the Huskies last year in Seattle ended that streak ... Later during the 2002-03 season at Maples Pavilion, Julius Barnes propelled Stanford with a 29-point performance (19 points in the second half) to lead the Cardinal to a 78-69 victory over Washington ... Rob Little added 12 points and five rebounds, while Childress chipped in with eleven points and eight boards ... Stanford has won ten straight games over Washington at Maples Pavilion.

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 18th season as head coach at Stanford ... Montgomery is 372-165 on The Farm, and holds an overall career record of 526-242 (17-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) ... Montgomery has led Stanford to nine straight trips to the NCAA Tournament ... Montgomery is 25-9 against Washington State, and 26-9 vs Washington ... Dick Bennett is in his first season at Washington State ... Bennett's career record (9 years at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 10 seasons at Wisconsin-Green Bay, 6 years at Wisconsin) is 459-262 ... Lorenzo Romar is in his second season at Washington with a record of 15-20 ... Romar's career record (3 years at Pepperdine, 3 years at St. Louis, 2nd year at Washington) is 108-108 ... Romar is 1-1 against Stanford.

Conference Chatter
Stanford is predicted to finish second in the 2003-04 Pacific-10 Conference basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball ... The Cardinal chalked up 321 points, including seven first-place votes ... Arizona, the defending Pac-10 champion, gathered 26 first-place votes and a total of 339 points ... California is picked to finish third after gathering one first-place vote and 238 points ... USC was the only other conference member to gain at least one first-place vote ... Oregon is picked to finish fourth followed by USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State.

Scouting Stanford
A 9-0 start, a victory over a #1 ranked team, two road victories, and five wins in the last five games by a total of 120 points ... That's pretty good news for the 2003-04 Stanford Cardinal basketball team as it heads into Pac-10 play ... Stanford hosts Washington State (1/2/04, 7:00 p.m.) and Washington (1/4/04, 1:00 p.m.) at Maples Pavilion to open conference play for 2004 ... Stanford is the Pac-10's only unbeaten team at 9-0 ... The Cardinal has won its games by a margin of 17.9 points per game, tops in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is 5-0 at home, has outrebounded its opponents in eight of the nine games, holds a 5-0 against teams with a winning record, has made 54 more field goals than its opponents, and 73 more free throws ... Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+17.9), field goal percentage defense (.383), rebounding defense (27.8 rpg) and rebounding margin (+11.3), and #2 in field goal percentage (.476) and scoring defense (58.8),

Rankings Review
Stanford has now jumped to fifth in the latest Associated Press poll while the Cardinal is now seventh in the ESPN/USA Today poll ... Stanford received three first-place votes in the Associated Press for a total of 1,427 points ... Only a month ago, Stanford was ranked 21st in the country ... Connecticut is #1 in the Associated Press poll with 37 first-place votes and 1,711 points ... In the ESPN/USA Today poll, Stanford has jumped from eleventh place two weeks ago to seventh place this week ... The Cardinal generated 567 points compared to top-ranked Connecticut with 750 points ... In four weeks, Stanford has jumped from 17th to seventh in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Depth Dialogue
Stanford's entire roster has played an important role in the team's 9-0 start ... Ten players on the 14-man roster are averaging at least ten minutes per game ... Reserve forward Matt Haryasz has come off the bench to shoot .545 while averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game ... Haryasz is the team leader in blocks (16) ... Haryasz tallied career-highs in points (16) in Stanford's 100-59 victory against Harvard (12/28/03), while getting career-highs in rebounds (8) and blocks (3) in Stanford's 67-37 victory over Southern Utah (12/22/03) ... Haryasz is averaging 17.7 minutes per game in reserve, while Dan Grunfeld is averaging 17.3 minutes per game off the bench ... Grunfeld enjoyed his best outing against Southern Utah (12/22/03) with a career-high 21 points ... In six of the nine games, Stanford's bench has outscored the oppositions bench.

Defensive Data
In six of the nine games, Stanford's defense has held the opposition to under 40 percent shooting ... Only one team has shot 50 percent or better against Stanford this year ... Stanford has not been outrebounded in all nine games ... Stanford is tops in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense (.383).

Shooting Stats
In the last five games, Stanford has hit 150-of-298 shots from the floor for .503 percent ... Stanford has hit 50 percent or better in shooting in four of the nine games ... Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.476).

Free Throw Facts
Free throws made have played a role in Stanford's success this year ... Five players are shooting 80 percent or better led by Chris Hernandez who leads the Pac-10 at .971 (33-for-34) ... Those five players (Chris Hernandez, Jason Haas, Matt Lottich, Matt Haryasz and Joe Kirchofer) have combined to hit 109-of-132 free throw attempts for .826 ... Hernandez has hit 30 straight free throws ... Lottich is third in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.913, 21-for-23) while Haryasz is ninth at .821 percent (23-for-28) ... Free throws made in the closing minutes of several games has helped the Cardinal to victory ... Stanford hit its final ten free throws in the final 1:15 to help defeat nationally-ranked Gonzaga (12/22/03), 87-80, at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Stanford hit its last nine free throw attempts in the final 6:35 in the 60-56 victory at Rice (11/30/03) ... The Cardinal hit 6-of-7 free throw attempts in the final 4:05 in the 64-58 victory over then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) ... Stanford made 12-of-12 free throw attempts in the final 10:12 in the second half in the 86-71 decision over UNLV (12/13/03) ... For the year, Stanford is shooting .746 (170-of-228) ... Stanford has made 73 more free throws in nine games than its opponent.

Home Hoopla
Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 115-21 (.846) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 49-3 (.942) 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).

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 (12/20/03) in Oakland at the Pete Newell Challenge.

The 2003-04 Stanford Basketball Varsity

#2 Mark Bradford, 6-2, 190, Freshman, Los Angeles, Ca
Joined 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 ... Played his first collegiate basketball game against Southern Utah (12/22/03) and played four minutes with one assist ... Scored his first collegiate basket against Harvard (12/28/03).

#1 Josh Childress, G/F, 6-8, 205, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca
The All-America candidate will return to the team in the conference opener against Washington State (1/2/04) ... Has missed the previous nine games 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 (7.2 rpg, #6 in the Pac-10) ... 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) ... Hit 7-of-10 shots enroute to 17 points and seven rebounds against Harvard (12/28/03) ... Grabbed nine rebounds against then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) at the John Wooden Classic ... Shooting a team-leading .591 (39-for-66, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit 50 percent or better in seven of Stanford's nine games ... Leads the team in steals (12).

#20 Dan Grunfeld, F, 6-6, 210, Sophomore, River Hills, Wi
An important reserve ... Averaging 17.3 minutes per game ... Scored a career-high 21 points (5-for-8 from the floor, 9-for-9 from the free throw line) in 22 minutes of play against Southern Utah (12/22/03) ... Scored 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 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 seven of the nine 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 .545 (30-for-55, #9 in the Pac-10) ... Has shot 50 percent or better in six of the nine games ... Averaging 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds off the bench ... Averaging 17.7 minutes per game ... Scored a career-high 16 points (7-for-11 from the floor) against Harvard (12/28/03) ... Tallied career-high in rebounds (8) and blocks (3) in Stanford's 67-37 victory over Southern Utah (12/22/03) ... Hit 5-of-5 shots for ten points along with 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 (16, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Has at least one block in eight of nine games ... Netted a career-high three blocks against Rice (11/30/03), then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03) and Southern Utah (12/22/03) ... Grabbed six rebounds along with eight points against Gonzaga (12/20/03) at the Pete Newell Challenge ... Shooting .821 (23-for-28) from the free throw line, ninth-best in the Pac-10.

#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Guard, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca
Stanford's second leading scorer (10.4 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 (.476, 10-for-21, #4 in the Pac-10) and free throw percentage (33-for-34, .971, #1 in the Pac-10) ... Has hit his last 30 straight free throws ... Averaging 4.7 assists per game, fifth-best in the Pac-10 ... 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 ... Has a assist/turnover ratio of 2.75, #2 in the Pac-10.

#00 Joe Kirchofer, F, 6-9, 250, Senior, Elk Grove, Ca
Tri-captain ... Averaging 13.2 minutes per game in a reserve role ... Played a season-high 20 minutes against Florida International (12/15/03) ... 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 ... Collected nine points (4-for-6 from the floor) along with seven rebounds and a block against Harvard (12/28/03) ... 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) ... Grabbed four rebounds against Southern Utah (12/22/03) ... Has hit 15-of-25 shots from the floor for 60 percent.

#42 Rob Little, C, 6-10, 260, Junior, Hampton, Va
Averaging 10.9 points per game, #3 on the Cardinal ... Also grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game, #2 on the team and eleventh-best in the Pac-10 ... Has scored in double figures in five games ... Garnered a season-high 17 points (8-for-12 from the floor) along with nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals against Harvard (12/28/03) ... 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) ... Collected eight rebounds against Southern Utah (12/22/03) ... Has tallied nine blocks, eighth-best in the Pac-10.

#33 Matt Lottich, G, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il
Honors Candidate ... Tri-captain ... Has scored in double figures in seven of the nine games ... Averaging 14.2 points (#1 on the Cardinal, #13 in the Pac-10) and 3.7 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 ... For his efforts in wins over Gonzaga and Florida International (46 points, 12 assists in the two games), Lottich was named Pac-10 Player ofthe Week and The Sporting News National Player of the Week ... Scored 19 points (7-for-11 from the floor, 3-for-6 from behind the arc) along with three steals against Harvard (12/28/03) ... 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) ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Sacramento State (11/22/03) ... Shooting .913 (21-for-23) from the free throw line, second-best on the Cardinal and third-best in the Pac-10.

#15 Evan Moore, F, 6-7, 235, Freshman, Brea, Ca
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 ... Scored three points and grabbed a rebound in two minutes of play in his collegiate basketball debut against Southern Utah (12/22/03).

#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 nine games ... Averaging 6.6 points and 4.9 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 ... Shooting .512 (22-for-43) from the floor ... Has shot 60 percent or better in five games.

#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 five games ... Played a season-high 18 minutes against Southern Utah (12/22/03) ... In 13 minutes of play against Harvard (12/28/03), tallied five points (2-for-3 from the floor), three rebounds, two assists and two steals ... 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 ... 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 five games (Sacramento State, UNLV, Florida International, Southern Utah, Harvard).

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, 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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