Home Sweet Home For Men's Hoops, Cardinal Wins 17th Straight At Home

Dec. 23, 2004

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Dan Grunfeld scored 15 points to help Stanford win its 17th straight home game, 71-54 over Dartmouth on Wednesday night.

Chris Hernandez added 14 points for the Cardinal (5-4), who won their third straight.

No one scored more than nine points for Dartmouth (3-6), which lost its third straight.

Stanford has won 26 of its last 27 home contests, while the Big Green remained winless in four road games.

The teams have met just six times, and the first since the 1971-72 season, with Stanford winning five of them, including in the 1942 NCAA championship game - the Cardinal's lone men's basketball national title.

The Big Green made their first trip to the West Coast in five years, and played their first game against a Pac-10 team in 12 years. Dartmouth fell to 3-15 against the Pac-10. The Big Green made their first trip to the West Coast for a game against Stanford in 1938.

Stanford improved to 24-8 against the Ivy League. The Cardinal haven't lost to an Ivy League school since the 1981-82 season.

Hernandez hit two quick 3-pointers to open the second half and Stanford eventually opened a 16-point edge in the first five minutes.

Dartmouth's leading scorer Mike Lang was forced to leave the game midway through the second half after getting hit in the head with the basketball as he scrambled for a loose ball. He returned late in the game.

The teams combined for 47 turnovers.

Grunfeld scored eight of his 10 first-half points during a 10-0 run as Stanford opened a 25-14 lead with 6:04 remaining.

Stanford never trailed in the game, though the Big Green kept it close through the first half.

Reserve Peter Prowitt, a 6-foot-10 freshman forward, blocked three shots as the Cardinal took a 33-24 advantage into halftime.

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