No. 2 Stanford Faces Washington in Pac-10 Tourney Championship Game

March 13, 2004

Los Angeles, Ca - The second-ranked Stanford basketball team has reached the championship game of the 2004 Pacific-10 Tournament after a 70-63 victory over Oregon on Friday night in the conference semifinals.

Stanford will face the Washington Huskies in a tipoff slated for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Staples Center. The game will be televised on CBS and heard locally on KNEW Radio (910 am).

All-America candidate Josh Childress scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds along with three assists and two blocks in 36 minutes. Honors Candidate Matt Lottich added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes while Rob Little chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds. The lead changed 13 times in the game, with Stanford's biggest lead at eight points, 55-47, with 7:32 to play. Oregon tied the game at 59-59, and again at 61-61. Then Stanford scored seven straight points all started on a basket and free throw by Lottich. Lottich then added two free throws in the final ten seconds to give Stanford a seven-point win.

Stanford reached the semifinals with a convincing 68-47 victory over Washington State on Thursday (3/11/04). Childress led Stanford with 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Stanford shot 57 percent from the floor, and held the Cougars to 27 percent shooting. WSU made only 12 baskets compared to 26 for Stanford.

Washington reached the championship game with a 90-85 victory over Arizona, the third time this year that the Huskies have beaten the Wildcats. Six Washington players scored in double figures led by Nate Robinson with 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes. Tre Simmons added 19 points and six rebounds. Hakeem Rollins came off the bench to tally ten points, ten rebounds and two blocks.

Stanford Cardinal Starters (28-1 overall, 17-1 Pac-10)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 200, Junior, Liberty, Mo (6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
F - Josh Childress, 6-8, 205, Junior, Los Angeles, Ca (15.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 265, Junior, Hampton, Va (10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
G - Matt Lottich, 6-4, 205, Senior, Winnetka, Il (12.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.6 apg)
G - Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Sophomore, Fresno, Ca (10.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.6 apg)

Coaches Corner
Mike Montgomery is in his 18th season at Stanford with a mark of 391-166 ... His overall record (17-plus seasons at Stanford, 8 seasons at Montana) is 545-243 ... Montgomery, the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is 27-10 against the Huskies.

Series Story
Stanford holds a 63-55 lead over the Washington Huskies ... Only twice in the 118-game series has a game been played between Stanford and Washington on a neutral court ... The last time was during the 1986-87 season when the Caridnal lost a 86-71 verdict at the Pac-10 Tournament at Pauley Pavilion ... The Cardinal has won 12 of the last 14 games, including a 85-72 victory on Jan. 4 at Maples Pavilion ... Honors Candidate Justin Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds ... Chris Hernandez tallied 13 points and nine assists while Nick Robinson added 13 points (6-for-7 from the floor)... Stanford shot .596 ... Stanford led Washington, 41-34, at halftime ... After Washington started the second half with five straight points to pull within two points, 41-39, the Cardinal scored ten straight points, the first four by Robinson, then six straight by Davis to make it 51-39 ... However in Seattle, it was a different story as the Huskies ended Stanford's bid for an unbeaten season with a 75-62 victory (3/6/04) ... Washington's defense forced Stanford into 18 turnovers, and the Cardinal shot only 39 percent from the field ... Hernandez led Stanford with 21 points while All-America candidate Josh Childress added 15 points and eight rebounds ... Stanford was trying to become the first Pac-10 team to finish a perfect conference season ... Instead it joined Oregon State and Arizona as the only teams to go 17-1 ... Trailing by ten points at halftime, Stanford scored the first nine points of the second half to cut it to 35-34 ... Washington's Tre Simmons hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give Washington a 48-40 lead with 7:53 left ... Stanford went to the free throw line three times while Washington made 24 of 30 free throws.

Neutral Notation
Stanford has done well on neutral courts in recent years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 36-12 ... Stanford is 4-0 in neutral court games this year with wins over then #1 ranked Kansas (12/6/03, 64-58) at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim, a 87-80 victory over Gonzaga (12/20/03) at the Pete Newell Challenge, a 68-47 victory over Washington State (3/11/04) and a 70-63 victory over Oregon (3/12/04) at the Pacific-10 Tournament.

Fast Facts
Wtih 18 points last night against Oregon in the semifinals of the Pacific-10 Tournament, All-America candidate Josh Childress has reached the 1,000 point plateau at Stanford ... Childress now has 1,009 points in his three-year Cardinal career, and thus becomes the 34th player in the 89-year history of Stanford Basketball to reach that figure ... Stanford has won at least 20 games (28-1, 2003-04) for the tenth year in a row ... Stanford has outrebounded its opponents in 24 of the 29 games, holds a 15-1 record against teams with a winning record, has made 149 more field goals than its opponents, and 120 more free throws ... Stanford is #1 in the Pac-10 in scoring margin (+13.3), field goal percentage defense (.391), rebounding defense (29.7) and rebounding margin (+6.4) ... Only two other Stanford teams have ever won more than 28 games ... In 2000-01, Stanford went 31-3; in 1997-98, the team chalked up a 30-5 record.

Honors Hoopla
The post-season honors are starting to pour in for the nationally-ranked Stanford Cardinal.

Mike Montgomery2004 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year
2004 NABC District-14 Coach of the Year
2004 USBWA District-9 Coach of the Year
2004 John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' Lifetime Achievement Award

Josh Childress2004 Pacific-10 Player of the Year
NABC First Team All-American
Adolph F. Rupp First Team All-American Third Team All-American
USBWA District-9 First Team
Finalist - Naismith Player of the Year
Finalist - Adolph F. Rupp Player of the Year
Finalist - John R. Wooden Player of the Year

Justin Davis
Pacific-10 Honorable Mention

Chris Hernandez
Pacific-10 First Team
USBWA District-9 First Team
Finalist - Bob Cousy Award - symbolic of the nation's best point-guard

Matt Lottich
Pacific-10 Honorable Mention

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