Stanford Men Take On Princeton At Pete Newell Challenge

Dec. 20, 2005

CARDINAL PLAY PRINCETON AT PETE NEWELL CHALLENGE: The Stanford men's basketball team (3-4, 0-0 Pac-10) look to keep their momentum going as they face Princeton (2-6, 0-0 Ivy League), Wednesday, December 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland, Calif. The game will be televised live on CSTV as the team looks for a second-consecutive win. The game will be broadcast on KNEW (910 AM). Bob Murphy and John Platz will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively. The Cardinal and Tigers are meeting for only the fourth time in the series history and first time at the Pete Newell Challenge.

CARDINAL SPLIT PAIR OF GAMES: Matt Haryasz had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Stanford ended a three-game losing streak with a 71-49 victory over Denver on Monday night. Dan Grunfeld added 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. The 49 points by the Pioneers was the lowest point total by a Cardinal opponent this season. Virginia Tech's Coleman Collins had 16 points Saturday night as the Hokies overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Stanford 59-52 in the nightcap of the Las Vegas Showdown. Chris Hernandez posted 17 points for the Cardinal while Haryasz added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal.

STANFORD IN THE PNC: The Cardinal own a perfect 7-0 record in the Pete Newell Challenge ... Their last victory coming in 2004-05 over San Francisco (W, 93-83 OT) ... Their first PNC win came in 1998-99 over Temple (W, 57-50).

DID YOU KNOW? Stanford faces the New Jersey school of Princeton tomorrow evening ... The Cardinal have only had one player in the history of the program from the state of New Jersey - All-American Brevin Knight (1993-97) hailed from East Orange, NJ.

BY THE NUMBERS: Three Cardinal starters are averaging over 30 minutes per game - Haryasz, Hernandez and Grunfeld ... Stanford is 3-1 when they outrebound their opponent ... Stanford is 0-4 when they score less than 70 points ... Hernandez and Grunfeld have started all seven games for the Cardinal this year ... Haryasz's five double-doubles leads the Pac-10 (he has 15 for his career) ... Haryasz is currently averaging over 10 rebounds per game - the last Cardinal to do that over a season was Curtis Borchardt (2001-02).

AROUND THE COURT: Senior Matt Haryasz is in fifth place in career blocked shots at Stanford (92) and needs three more to move into a tie for fourth with former Cardinal standout Josh Childress (2001-04). Senior guard Chris Hernandez is trying to catch Arthur Lee (1995-99) who is in sixth overall with 382 careers assists - Hernandez currently has 321 (7th). He also has 112 career steals, and is tied for eighth in the record book with Wolfe Perry (1975-79) who has 112. Haryasz tied his career high in points against Denver on Monday night with 24 ... Haryasz has had three 20-plus point games and five double-doubles in 2005-06 ... Freshman Lawrence Hill pulled down a season and career-high eight rebounds vs. Denver (12/17) ... Senior Chris Hernandez played a season-high 38 minutes against Virginia Tech on Saturday night.

PAC-10 RANKINGS: Matt Haryasz leads the league in rebounds per game (10.8) and is second in points per game (18.6) ... He is also third in blocked shots at 1.80 per game while leading the conference in offensive rebounds (3.80 pg) and defensive rebounds (7.00 pg) ... Dan Grunfeld is 12th in points per game (14.7 ppg) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.8) ... He also checks in 7th in defensive rebounds (4.17) per game ... Chris Hernandez is ninth in assists (3.83 apg) and 10th in 3-pt. FG percentage (.394) ... He is sixth in 3-pt FG made (2.17) per game and second in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.30).

WIN NO. 100: Head coach Trent Johnson recorded his 100th win as a head coach in Stanford's 71-49 victory over Denver on Monday night at Maples Pavilion. Coach Johnson has a 100-91 record in seven years as a head coach.

THE CARDINAL AND CSTV - A WINNING COMBO: Stanford has appeared on CSTV twice before Wednesday's matchup with Princeton - once in '03 and once in '04 ... The Cardinal won both games.

CONFERENCE DOMINANCE: Over the past 10 years in the Pac-10, Stanford and Arizona have won four league titles each and compiled 139-41 (.772) records over that span in conference play.

UP NEXT: Stanford is off for the holidays ... The Cardinal return to open Pac-10 Conference play on the road with UCLA (Dec. 29) and USC (Dec. 31) in Los Angeles.

INJURY UPDATE: Junior Fred Washington is out with tendinitis in his left knee ... He will be re-evaluated when he returns from the holidays before conference play begins.

PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR: Each year, the Pac-10 honors a former coach or student-athlete with induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor. The induction will take place at the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament. Former Stanford standout Adam Keefe is the Cardinal recipient in 2005-06. Keefe's name appears in the Stanford record book 38 times. The three-time all-conference selection was named to five all-america teams during his three seasons on The Farm. He was a first round draft pick in 1992 by the Atlanta Hawks. He was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

STANFORD PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN CONFERENCE MEDIA POLL: The Arizona Wildcats are picked to finish first in the 2005-06 Pacific-10 Conference Men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball. The poll shows that defending Pac-10 champion Arizona gathered 23 first-place votes and is picked the favorite this season. Stanford picked up nine first-place votes and is tabbed for second place. UCLA, which picked up the remaining two first-place votes is slotted for third place. Washington, the defending Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament champion, is picked fourth, followed by California, Oregon and Oregon State. USC narrowly edges out Washington State for eighth, while Arizona State rounds out the preseason poll.

HEAD COACH Trent Johnson: Trent Johnson became the 16th men's basketball head coach in Stanford history on May 25, 2004. Johnson, who is considered one of the true teachers of the game, is a perfect fit for one of the most dominant basketball programs in the last two decades. In Johnson's first season on The Farm, he showed the strength of his leadership style as Stanford dealt with a season-ending injury to its leading scorer and only nine healthy players competing at the end of the year. But despite the obstacles, Johnson helped lead the Cardinal to its11th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. With an 18-13 overall record and 11-7 mark in the Pac-10 Conference (third place finish), three players were tabbed to the Pac-10 All-Conference teams: Chris Hernandez (first team), Dan Grunfeld (first team) and Matt Haryasz (honorable mention). Hernandez and Grunfeld were further honored as first-team NABC District-14 selections. In addition to the numerous 'on the court' accolades his players picked up, several student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom. Grunfeld was honored as a 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic Second Team All-American selection while four of the five first-team Pac-10 All-Academic spots were awarded to Cardinal players (Grunfeld, Hernandez, Rob Little and Nick Robinson). Jason Haas was second team selection as well.

PAC-10 TELECONFERENCE: The first Pac-10 teleconference will be held Tuesday, December 27, beginning at 10:30 a.m. ... Stanford head coach Trent Johnson will be on at 11:23 a.m.

TICKET TUESDAY: Every Tuesday before a home game a limited number of tickets may be released for purchase online. Tickets are subject to availability. Visit or contact the Stanford Ticket Office at 1-800-STANFORD.

WINTER MADNESS: Take advantage of the Stanford student's winter break. With the students on break, it has opened up a limited amount of tickets to be purchased for the January 5 and January 7 games. Don't miss your chance to see the Pac-10 powerhouse Stanford Cardinal in four great games.

PURCHASE A 6TH MAN T-SHIRT AND SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HEALTH: Purchase a special edition of the ever popular Stanford 6th Man t-shirt and support the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. Stanford Men's Basketball and the 6th Man Club recently partnered with the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to become the official philanthropic activity for Stanford Basketball. Half of the proceeds from the shirt sales will go directly to the Children's Fund, which helps pay for medical care for those who are uninsured.

YEAR IN REVIEW: It was a year of roster deletions for the Cardinal mainly because of injuries ... Stanford was down to nine healthy players (eight scholarship players, one walkon) as it ended the 2004-05 season ... Dan Grunfeld missed the last nine games of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered against California (2/12/05) ... Grunfeld, who underwent surgery on Feb. 23, was the team's leading scorer (17.9 ppg, #5 in the Pac-10) and third-leading rebounder (5.5 rpg, #16 in the Pac-10) ... Reserve guard Carlton Weatherby did not play this year because of a broken left foot ... Tim Morris missed the last 19 games of the season because of eligibility issues, while two other players, Mark Bradford and Evan Moore, decided to devote all their time to football ... Despite all the injuries, Stanford won 12 of its last 18 games to chalk up an overall record of 18-13, and 11-7 in the Pac-10 (third place) ... Stanford's 18 wins assured the Cardinal of its 12th straight winning season ... With the season ending injury to Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez checked in as the team's leading scorer on the active roster 15.2 ppg (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Rob Little was the team's leading shooter at .517 (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Matt Haryasz was the team's leading rebounder (9.1 rpg, #2 in the Pac-10) and shot blocker (37, #4 in the Pac-10) ... Chris Hernandez and Nick Robinson were among the league leaders in steals ... Hernandez was fourth in the Pac-10 at 1.73 steals per game while Robinson was seventh at 1.52 per game.

LISTEN TO THIS: The Cardinal men's basketball games can also be heard on KZSU 90.1 FM this season - Stanford's student radio station.

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