Princeton 34

(2-7, 1-3 away)

Stanford 58

(4-4, 4-2 home)

    8:30 PM ET, December 21, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California

    1 2 T
    PRIN 14 2034
    STAN 35 2358

    Top Performers

    Princeton: K. Steuerer 8 Pts, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Stanford: M. Haryasz 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl

    Stanford 58, Princeton 34

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Two wins in a row and Matt Haryasz is convinced Stanford has its swagger back. Coach Trent Johnson might not agree just yet, but acknowledges his team is on the right track.

    Chris Hernandez and Dan Grunfeld scored 11 points each and Haryasz added 10 in Stanford's 58-34 victory over Princeton on Wednesday night in the Pete Newell Challenge.

    "More than anything, our guys are playing with a level of confidence," Johnson said. "It seemed like we had a weight on our shoulders before. It takes time."

    Freshman Mitch Johnson had five points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in another impressive performance off the bench.

    Ten players got at least 10 minutes of time for the Cardinal (4-4), who won their second straight game following a three-game losing streak to move back to .500.

    Kyle Koncz scored nine points to lead the Tigers (2-7), who fell behind early and never recovered on their way to their third straight loss. Princeton has played worse: The Tigers lost 41-21 to Monmouth on Dec. 14 before a 61-42 defeat at Wake Forest last Saturday.

    In its final tuneup before the start of the Pac-10 season next week, Stanford improved to 8-0 all-time in this event after beating San Francisco 93-83 in overtime last year.

    Before Monday's win over Denver, Stanford had lost at Montana, at UC Davis and to Virginia Tech last weekend in Las Vegas. The Cardinal, who also lost their season opener to UC Irvine, were picked to finish second in the conference behind Arizona.

    "Even though we didn't get the job done against Virginia Tech, I could tell the team was starting to change," Haryasz said. "The last three games we've been playing a lot better. We stumbled a little bit and got down, but we've pulled ourselves up. And now we're 0-0 going into the Pac-10."

    Noah Savage and Kevin Steuerer had eight points each for Princeton, which played without starting point guard Scott Greenman because of a back injury. The Tigers shot 32.5 percent, going 7-for-21 from 3-point range against Stanford's strong zone defense.

    Stanford jumped out to a 19-3 lead with 11:46 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by Haryasz and led by as many as 23 on the way to a 35-14 lead at the break.

    The Cardinal spent much of their two-week break for final exams working to upgrade their defense. They came out in a zone against the inexperienced Tigers two nights after forcing 20 turnovers in a 71-49 home win over Denver.

    "They don't usually play zone," Princeton coach Joe Scott said. "It might have surprised me, but we played against a zone four times now and we've practiced against a zone. I'm at a loss to say why we couldn't do it. We had a couple of bad possessions, we pressed a little bit and it sort of snowballed from there."

    Princeton shot only 5-for-18 in the first half, managed just eight rebounds and committed 10 turnovers -- not a good combination for winning.

    This marked the first meeting between the schools since the Tigers' 88-85 victory during the 1971-72 season. Princeton had won all three previous matchups.

    Former Princeton coach Pete Carril, the winningest coach in Ivy League history and now an assistant with the NBA's Sacramento Kings, received the 2005 Pete Newell Challenge Career Achievement Award in a ceremony at halftime.

    It was Carril's first time seeing second-year coach Scott's squad play in person. The two are friends and talk often by phone.

    Stanford forward Fred Washington missed his second straight game with tendinitis in his left knee.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 34 58
    FG Made-Attempted 13-40 (.325) 19-39 (.487)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-21 (.333) 6-10 (.600)
    FT Made-Attempted 1-3 (.333) 14-17 (.824)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 8 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 34

    2005-06 Season

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