Stanford Victorious Against Sonoma State In Exhibition Opener, 87-52
Nov. 5, 2005
Stanford, Calif. (AP) - Dan Grunfeld played just 15 minutes, and limited time probably will be typical for Stanford's star guard for a while.
Still, Grunfeld finished with nine points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal to help the Cardinal to a 87-52 exhibition victory over Sonoma State on Saturday, his first official action since a serious knee injury shortened his breakout junior season.
'It felt really good. It's definitely nice to be back out there playing again,' said Grunfeld, who is still getting used to running the floor and the rhythm of a game. 'I feel confident and comfortable. This time of year it's a matter of progressing at a natural pace.'
Matt Haryasz added 12 points and seven rebounds and Lawrence Hill 14 points, eight boards and four blocks for the Cardinal, picked to finish second in the Pac-10 behind Arizona in the preseason poll. Peter Prowitt had 13 points and six rebounds.
Second-year coach Trent Johnson is 'being very, very careful' with Grunfeld, because it will take him some time to play at a fast pace again.
Grunfeld was Stanford's leading scorer last season as a junior before going down with a right knee injury Feb. 12. He underwent surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament 11 days later, then began the long rehabilitation process.
Grunfeld, who averaged 17.9 points in 22 games last season and earned first-time all-Pac-10 honors, is wearing a bulky brace on his right knee.
'Obviously it's good to see Danny out there making plays and not being timid,' Johnson said. 'This is a team that can't afford to relax.'
Haryasz, who has been slowed by plantar fasciitis in his right foot, also is being brought along slowly this preseason. He played 15 minutes. Tim Morris contributed eight points and two steals after missing the final 19 games last season because of academic problems.
'I hadn't played in a while,' said Morris, who probably will be a starter. 'It was tough. I love basketball. It was unexpected, but it's over and I'm ready to play.'
Vince Inglima scored 17 points to lead Sonoma State, a Division II school from nearby wine country. J.T. Tipton had seven rebounds.
The Seawolves held the Cardinal without a basket for close to 6 minutes late in the first half to pull within 39-31 at halftime, but Stanford took off after the break and quickly put the game out of reach.
The Cardinal shot 17-for-19 from the free throw line, including 6-of-6 by Haryasz and 7-for-8 by Prowitt.