STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Haryasz's career performance earned
him a unique cheer from Stanford's sellout crowd.
Fans hollered "20-20!" in the waning minutes, in celebration
of his career highs of 20 points and 20 rebounds, and the surging
Cardinal won their sixth straight game Saturday 88-69 over Oregon.
"I thought they were talking about vision or something,"
Haryasz said with a smile.
He wasn't the only one seeing straight. Stanford suddenly has
its swagger back, thanks to big performances up and down its
Chris Hernandez added 19 points with four 3-pointers and five
assists as the Cardinal (12-7, 6-3 Pac-10) improved to 6-1 at home
with a dominant performance that was reminiscent of those they had
last season. Dan Grunfeld had 14 points and five rebounds.
In the crazy Pac-10 Conference, Stanford moved within a game of
first place despite losing its first three conference games.
Earlier Saturday, Washington State stunned No. 11 Arizona 70-63 in
Tucson, only two days after the first-place Wildcats beat
10th-ranked Washington 91-82.
Malik Hairston had 19 points and seven rebounds for Oregon,
which has lost four straight games and the last 19 meetings at
Maples Pavilion. The Ducks haven't won here since an 83-69 victory
on Jan. 13, 1986 -- before three of the current Oregon players were
Aaron Brooks added 11 points off the bench for Oregon (11-7,
3-6). He didn't start for the first time all season, a disciplinary
measure by coach Ernie Kent for arriving late for a pregame meal.
"I've got to go back to the drawing board with this team,
obviously," Kent said. "Losing's difficult for everybody. The
biggest thing for us right now is realizing you have to play with
Stanford played with impressive spirit from the start. After
hitting a 3-pointer late in the first half that gave him five
straight points, Hernandez yelled in joy and pumped his arms as he
ran back on defense. Players bumped chests during timeouts, much to
the delight of the sellout crowd.
Stanford, the defending Pac-10 champs who have reached the NCAA
tournament's second round the past 10 seasons, led by as many as 32
The Cardinal are showing progress under first-year coach Trent
Johnson, who said when he took the job it would take time for his
team to get in sync and adjust to a new coach after Mike Montgomery
bolted for the NBA after 18 seasons at the school.
"It's a journey," Johnson said. "It is what it is. We played
If Stanford continues playing this way, it could make a case to
return to The Associated Press Top-25. The Cardinal won their first
26 games last season to finish 30-2 and ranked No. 1.
This year's team isn't as dominant but tries to outwork
Haryasz grabbed 10 straight defensive rebounds in the first
half, including six in a row during a decisive 11-0 run that gave
Stanford a 37-15 lead.
The last Stanford player to get at least 20 points and 20
rebounds in a game was Tim Young in 1997, when he scored 20 and
grabbed 21 boards -- also against Oregon.
"It's really pretty special for me," Haryasz said. "A lot of
times rebounding is luck, too. The ball bounces your way. I think I
tried to make a real conscious effort of going to the boards in
Oregon's problems in the Bay Area continued two days after the
Ducks lost 65-62 to California in Berkeley. Dating to the 1999-2000
season, Oregon is 1-11 on this annual road trip. The Ducks haven't
won at Cal since Feb. 12, 2000.
Haryasz's play inside caught the Ducks off guard.
"We were pushing him out and wanted him to be away from the
basket," Oregon center Ian Crosswhite said. "It worked at first,
but he started hitting jumpers and that's when it fell apart."
Oregon has been plagued by poor performances in the first half,
and the Ducks couldn't match Stanford's intensity early. The
Cardinal attacked the basket, played pressure defense and
controlled the rebounds. They made 10 of their first 15 shots to
quickly build a 15-point lead.
Stanford shot 55.6 percent in the first half on the way to a
51-25 halftime lead.
Peter Prowitt, a reserve freshman center for Stanford, returned
to action after missing Thursday's game with a sprained ankle
sustained in practice last Monday.