Stanford Hosts Nationally-Ranked Arizona Wildcats
Jan. 7, 2005
Stanford (6-7 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) vs Arizona (12-2 overall, 2-0 Pac-10)
Saturday, January 8, 2005, Noon, Maples Pavilion, Fox Sports Net
Stanford Cardinal Starters (6-7 overall, 0-3 Pac-10)
F - Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Page, Az (9.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg)
F - Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Liberty, Mo (6.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
C - Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Hampton, Va (9.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
G - Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, River Hills, Wi (17.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg)
G - Jason Haas, 6-2, 190, Junior, Spring Mills, Pa (1.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
Arizona holds a 42-24 advantage over Stanford ... However, the Cardinal has won four of the last five games, including a highly dramatic 80-77 victory last year at Maples Pavilion ... Nick Robinson hit a running three-pointer at the buzzer from 35 feet to win one of the most exciting games ever played at Maples Pavilion ... The winning shot was set up when Josh Childress hit an open three-pointer with 23 seconds to play to tie the game at 77-77 ... Matt Lottich and Robinson then stripped the ball from Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire with three seconds left before Robinson raced down court and hit the game winning shot ... Chris Hernandez scored 20 points to lead Cardinal scorers ... Stoudamire led Arizona with 24 points.
Trent Johnson is in his first season as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal ... Johnson is the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history ... Johnson, a Stanford assistant coach for three seasons from 1996-99, had been the head coach at Nevada for the past five campaigns (1999-2004) ... During the 2003-04 season, Johnson led Nevada to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history as the Wolf Pack tied a school record with 25 wins (25-9) ... During his first tenure at Stanford as an assistant coach, the Cardinal made an appearance in the NCAA Final Four (1997-98), reached the NCAA Sweet 16 (1996-97, 1997-98), captured the Pac-10 title (1998-99) and chalked up a 78-20 (.796) overall record ... Johnson's career record is 85-81 (first season at Stanford, five seasons at Nevada).
Stanford is hoping to bounce back after a 81-69 loss to Arizona State (1/6/05) in the Pac-10 home season opener at Maples Pavilion ... Chris Hernandez missed the game due to back spasms suffered in the team's shootaround earlier in the day ... Hernandez had been averaging 12.9 ppg and led the Pac-10 in minutes (34.2 mpg) ... Dan Grunfeld led Stanford with 24 points and five rebounds in 40 minutes of play ... Matt Haryasz added 12 points and nine rebounds while Nick Robinson collected ten points and five rebounds in 32 minutes ... The loss broke a 13-game winning streak against the Sun Devils, and also broke Stanford's 18-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion, until then the longest current streak in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal has still won 27 of its last 29 games at Maples Pavilion dating back to the 2002-03 season.
Stanford has played nine of its first 13 games away from Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal played their first seven games of the 2004-05 season on the road ... Stanford started its 2003-04 season with a 93-83 overtime win over USF (11/19/04) at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland ,.. Stanford played three games (Tennessee, BYU, Louisville) at the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24), then a Nov. 28 game at Santa Clara, a Dec. 11 contest vs Michigan State in Auburn Hills, Mi, and the road trip concluded with a Dec. 13 game at Denver ... This was the longest string of road or neutral court games to start the season since the 1934-35 campaign when Stanford played its first eleven games on the road ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 64-15 (.810) on the road ... Stanford has done well on neutral courts during the last several years ... Since the 1997-98 season, the Cardinal is 40-16 (.714).
Stanford is 6-7 overall with five games played on neutral territory, four games on the road and four home games ... Stanford Dan Grunfeld remains the team leader in scoring at 17.2 ppg (#5 in the Pac-10) ... Grunfeld also is averaging 5.7 rebounds per game, second-best on the team and 11th in the conference ... Chris Hernandez checks in at 12.9 ppg (#13 in the Pac-10) ... Rob Little is the team's leading shooter at .547 (#4 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz is the team's leading rebounder (8.2 rpg, #4 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (20, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Nick Robinson is #2 in the Pac-10 leaders in steals (1.92 spg).
Stanford's starting lineup has proven to be made of iron ... Three players are averaging more than 30 minutes per game ... Chris Hernandez is averaging 34.2 mpg (#1 in the Pac-10), followed by Dan Grunfeld at 32.6 mpg (#9 in the Pac-10), Nick Robinson at 31.2 mpg, Matt Haryasz at 28.2 mpg and Rob Little at 23.5 mpg ... All together, the starting five is averaging 29.9 minutes per game.
The Stanford basketball team finally moved back into the new Maples Pavilion with a Dec. 18 game against UC Davis ... Stanford faced the Aggies after playing its first seven games on the road ... On March 1, 2004, Stanford University began a $30 million renovation of Maples Pavilion ... The project was expected to be completed on Jan. 1, 2005, in time for the opening of the Pac-10 season, but construction finished ahead of schedule ... The renovation, financed entirely through private donations, includes a new covered 29,000 square foot concourse around the exterior of the seating area, state-of-the-art concession and restroom facilities with speaker systems, in addition to a new center-hung scoreboard with video and replay capability ... The renovation also includes a new playing court floor, upgraded locker rooms, a strength and conditioning room, a training room, a news media center and meeting rooms ... The seating configuration features a new lower seating bowl that will take the place of the old floor and loge sections ... The new lower seating bowl includes chair-back theater seats that replaces the wood bleachers ... The building's new capacity will be 7,233 ... Stanford has produced eleven straight winning seasons at Maples Pavilion ... Since the 1994-95 season, Stanford has chalked up a 126-22 (.851) record at Maples Pavilion ... During that time, Stanford is 51-3 (.944) vs non-league opponents and 75-19 (.798) against Pac-10 schools.
Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson are serving as Stanford's co-captains this year ... Hernandez, a junior guard, gained All Pac-10 honors last year ... Robinson, a senior forward, is a two-year captain and a two-time All Pac-10 Academic selection ... Hernandez is one of 50 players named a pre-season candidate for the 2004-05 John R. Wooden All-American team ... Hernandez is one of six Pac-10 players nominated as pre-season Wooden All-American candidates ... The list includes Ike Diogu of Arizona State, Channing Frye of Arizona, Leon Powe of California, Nate Robinson of Washington and Salim Stoudamire of Arizona ... In mid-January, the Wooden Award committee will release the Midseason Top 30 ... In late March, the ten player Wooden Award All-American team will be announced ... Josh Childress, who now plays for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, was named to the Wooden All-American team last year ... Hernandez is also a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's best point-guard ... Mark Bradford, who played in two games this year and nine last season, has decided to leave the basketball team to concentrate on football fulltime ... Bradford was Stanford's third leading receiver in 2004 with 34 catches for 482 yards and one touchdown ... Evan Moore, who played 12 minutes in four games this year, also has decided to play football fulltime ... Moore started all eleven games for the football team, and was the team's second leading receiver with 39 catches for 616 yards and six touchdowns.
The 2004-05 Stanford Basketball Varsity
#22 Kenny Brown, 6-1, 190, Freshman, Guard, Southlake, Tx
Added to the Stanford roster shortly before the start of the season ... Hails from Carroll High school in Southlake, Texas where he averaged 20 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals as a senior ... Gained all-state, all-county and all-league honors during his high school career ... Helped his team to the third round of the Texas state tournament playoffs during his junior season ... Served as student body president, and a member of the school's Honor Roll and National Honor Society.
#31 Taj Finger, 6-8, 185, Freshman, Forward, Mt. Kisco, NY
One of two freshmen on the varsity roster ... Has played double-digits in minutes played in six of 12 games played ... Scored a season-high four points in games against Brigham Young (11/23/04) and Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Grabbed four rebounds in the season opener against USF (11/19/04).
#20 Dan Grunfeld, 6-6, 215, Junior, Guard/Forward, River Hills, Wi
Has gone from a 3.5 ppg average last year to the team's leading scorer this year (17.2 ppg, #5 in the Pac-10) ... Has scored 20 or more points in four games and double-digit in points in eleven of 13 games ... Scored a career-high 26 points (8-for-11 from the floor, 9-for-9 from three throw line) at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Fired home 24 points along with five rebounds against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Shooting .497 from the floor, second-best on the Cardinal ... Stanford's second-leading rebounder (5.7 rpg, #13 in the Pac-10) ... Recorded a career-high eleven boards in the season opener against USF (11/19/04) ... Added ten rebounds at Denver (12/13/04) ... Averaging 32.6 minutes per game, #9 in the Pac-10 ... Played 40 minutes in his last game against Arizona State (1/6/05).
#32 Jason Haas, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Spring Mills, Pa
Has played double-digit in minutes in seven of the 13 games, including a career-high 36 minutes against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Started his third collegiate game against Arizona State (1/6/05) and responded with six points, five assists and three rebounds against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Scored a career-high nine points (3-for-3 from the floor) along with three assists and a steal against Montana (12/23/04) ... Has hit 7-for-8 free throw attempts for .875.
#52 Matt Haryasz, 6-11, 230, Junior, Forward, Page, Az
Has moved into the starting lineup this year, and is the team's leading rebounder (8.2 rpg, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Began the year with a career-high eleven rebounds against USF (11/19/04) ... Added ten rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) and ten more at Washington (1/2/05) ... Has grabbed six or more rebounds in all 13 games ... Averaging 9.2 ppg ... Has scored in double figures in seven games, including a season-high 18 points along with eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks against Louisville (11/24/04) ... The team leader in blocks (20, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has 66 career blocks, ninth-best in school history.
#11 Chris Hernandez, 6-2, 190, Junior, Guard, Fresno, Ca
A pre-season John Wooden All-America candidate ... Also a candidate for the Bob Cousy Award, symbolic of the nation's best point-guard ... A co-captain along with Nick Robinson ... In his second season as the starter at point-guard ... The team leader in minutes played (34.2 mpg, #1 in the Pac-10) ... Has played 30 or more minutes in ten games ... Stanford's second-leading scorer (12.9 ppg, #13 in the Pac-10) ... Started the year with a career-high 30 points (6-for-9 from the floor, 17-for-18 from the free throw line) against USF (11/19/04) ... Hitting .811 (43-53) from the free throw line, tenth-best in the Pac-10 ... Averaging 3.9 apg (#8 in the Pac-10) ... Dished out a season-high seven assists at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... The team leader in three-pointers made (20) ... Missed the Arizona State game (1/6/05) with back spasms.
#42 Rob Little, 6-10, 260, Senior, Center, Hampton, Va
In his third season as a starter at center ... Averaging 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game ... Stanford's top shooter at .547 (#4 in the Pac-10) ... Scored a career-high 19 points (9-for-11 from the floor) along with six rebounds and three steals against Louisville ... Tallied his first double-double of the year with 12 points and ten rebounds at Washington (1/2/05).
#10 Tim Morris, 6-4, 215, Redshirt Freshman, Guard, Atlanta, Ga
Has been declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the year ... Had emerged as one of Stanford's better players during his redshirt freshman season ... Stanford's fourth leading scorer at 7.4 ppg ... Played double-digit minutes in ten of 12 games, and played 20 or more minutes in eight games ... Scored a season-high 13 points (6-for-9 from the field) against UC Davis (12/18/04) ... Grabbed a season-high seven rebounds at Santa Clara (11/28/04) ... Started his first collegiate game at Washington (1/2/05) with 12 points ... Hit .944 (17-fof-18) from the free throw line.
#55 Peter Prowitt, 6-10, 250, Freshman, Arlington, Va
Has played double-digits in minutes played in four games ... Played a season-high 21 minutes against Michigan State (12/11/04) ... Scored a season-high in points (7, 7-for-8 from the free throw line) against Michigan State (12/11/04), and rebounds (5) and blocked shots (4) against Dartmouth (12/22/04) ... Scored six points in 13 minutes against Arizona State (1/6/05).
#21 Nick Robinson, 6-6, 205, Senior, Forward, Liberty, Mo
A co-captain along with Chris Hernandez ... In his second season as a starter ... Averaging 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game ... Leads the team in steals (25, #2 in the Pac-10) ... Has 85 career steals, 16th-best in school history ... Scored a season-high eleven points at Denver (12/13/04) and at Washington (1/2/05) ... Collected ten points and five rebounds against Arizona State (1/6/05) ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Brigham Young (11/23/04) ... Averaging 31.2 minutes per game.
#44 Fred Washington, 6-5, 210, Sophomore, Forward, Los Angeles, Ca
One of Stanford's top reserves ... Scored a season-high eight points in 15 minutes of play against Dartmouth (12/22/04).
#3 Carlton Weatherby, G, 6-1, 180, Junior, Tacoma, Wa
Is out of action indefinitely after breaking his foot in practice on Dec. 7 ... Underwent successful surgery on Dec. 10 at Stanford Hospital.
Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction to the Pac-10 Hall of Honor ... The induction will take place at the 2005 Pacific-10 Tournament ... Rich Kelley is Stanford's inductee this year ... Kelley's school career rebound average of 12.4 per game may never be broken ... During the 1974-75 season, Kelley won the conference title in rebounding (11.5 rpg) and free throw percentage (.832) ... Kelley, who was the first 7-footer to play at Stanford, set a school record with 27 rebounds against Kentucky during the 1973-74 season ... During the 1972-73 campaign, Kelley set a school record by averaging 13.2 rebounds per game ... His 944 career rebounds is fourth-best in Stanford history ... The three-time all-conference selection averaged 18.6 ppg during his three-year Stanford career, fourth-best in school history ... Kelley was a first round selection of the then New Orleans Jazz in 1975 and played eleven seasons in the NBA ... The other inductees are Arizona's Pete Williams, Joe Caldwell of Arizona State, Cal's Darrall Imhoff, Oregon's Blair Rasmussen, Ed Lewis of Oregon State, UCLA's Gail Goodrich, USC's John Rudometkin, Jack Nichols of Washington, and Gene Conley of Washington State.
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