The two-time all-conference guard did just that, scoring 22 of
his season-high 28 points in the second half as the Cardinal beat
Oregon State 71-64, despite losing Haryasz in the first half with a
black eye."With Matt out, I knew I had to get more aggressive on the
offense end and create," said Hernandez, who scored 29 against the
Beavers last year, and is averaging 25 points in his last four
games against Oregon State.Nick DeWitz bounced back from two terrible games to score 17 off
the bench for the Beavers, who lost for the fifth straight time.
Sasa Cuic finished with 15 points and Wesley Washington added a
season-high 11 for the Beavers (10-12, 3-8).The Cardinal (12-7, 8-3 Pacific-10) have won six in a row and
eight of their last nine. Dan Grunfeld had 13 points for Stanford
and Taj Finger added seven points and six rebounds.DeWitz, who was replaced by Cuic in the starting lineup after
scoring just six points in two games, scored 12 in the second half.The Beavers, who fell behind 21-2 in a loss to California on
Thursday, started slow again, as the Cardinal took a 22-8 lead.
Stanford led by as many as 17 after a basket by Haryasz, but after
Haryasz took a poke to the eye and left the game a few plays later,
the Beavers went on a 12-4 run into halftime to cut the lead to
single digits.Haryasz, averaging 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds a game, spent
the second half with a pack of ice against his swollen eye, but
liked what he saw with his good one."They played well with me out, and we really needed this win,"
he said. "Chris made clutch plays and big shots, and Taj made some
big plays. ... Ultimately, we did what we came here to do."Hernandez hit 7-of-10 second half shots and killed Beaver
rallies with several key plays. He scored 14 of the Cardinal's last
19 points.Oregon State got within 46-41 at 14:12, after an eight-point
flurry by DeWitz and a reverse layup by Washington, but the
Beavers, reeling since losing point guard Lamar Hurd to a groin
injury, weren't in a position to capitalize. After a timeout,
Stanford went on a 6-0 run on baskets by Grunfeld, Hernandez and
Finger.Washington's fast-break layup at 2:59 got the Beavers within
three for the first time since 9-6, but Hernandez, whose last
second shot beat Oregon Thursday night, hit a 3-pointer and a
15-footer to give the Cardinal a comfortable lead with 1:30 left.Freshman Brett Casey started at point guard for the Beavers for
Hurd, while senior Jason Fontenet, at one time one of the Beavers'
key players, didn't get in.Oregon State coach Jay John said he probably start Casey again
Thursday at Arizona State, and ruled out a return by Hurd next
weekend.The Beavers were lacked cohesion and effort in the 69-52 loss to
Cal last Thursday, with John putting the blame on the loss of Hurd.He felt better about this loss."Thursday's game was difficult for me as a coach to endure.
Today's was not," John said. "I'm pleased today. We dug ourselves
a huge hole, no doubt about it, but we found a rhythm."The Cardinal commited 17 turnovers in the game, six of them
Hernandez's and four by Finger.