Stanford Victorious Against Washington State, 69-59
Jan. 26, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Matt Haryasz had 22 points and nine rebounds to help Stanford beat Washington State 69-59 on Thursday night.
Haryasz scored more than 20 points for the fourth straight game and eighth time this season as Stanford (9-7, 5-3 Pac-10) won its seventh consecutive home game and fifth in its last six overall. Chris Hernandez added 11 points.
Josh Akognon scored 15 points to lead the Cougars (9-8, 2-6), who have lost five straight after beating Washington. Kyle Weaver added 14 points and Robbie Cowgill had 11.
Washington State guard Rodney Edgerson missed the game after aggravating a back injury. Stanford forward Peter Prowitt returned to the court after missing two games with a sore lower back.
The Cougars took advantage of five Stanford turnovers in the first 7:13 of the second half to draw within 43-41 on Weaver's driving layin. Stanford also missed seven of its first eight shots in the half after shooting nearly 52 percent in the first 20 minutes.
Haryasz scored five of Stanford's next seven points, including a 3-pointer, to help give the Cardinal some breathing room. The Cougars stayed close though, and were within a basket on several occasions.
The Cardinal's biggest lead was a 12-point advantage with five minutes left in the first half. The Cougars only lead was at 2-0.
Stanford had trouble scoring against the Cougars last season, averaging 53 points in their three meetings. The scoring deficiency was even more pronounced in the first half.
The Cardinal was held to 12 first-half points at home last year against Washington State, and trailed 18-16 on the road.
Haryasz scored 13 points and Stanford led 38-27 at halftime - the most points the Cougars have allowed in the first half, and the second most in any half.
Washington State entered the game as the conference's top defensive team.