Stanford 71

(12-7, 8-3 Pac-12)

Oregon State 64

(10-12, 3-8 Pac-12)

    8:00 PM ET, February 4, 2006

    Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

    1 2 T
    STAN 33 3871
    ORST 24 4064

    Top Performers

    Stanford: C. Hernandez 28 Pts, 2 Ast

    Oregon St: N. Dewitz 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Stanford 71, Oregon State 64

    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- When leading scorer Matt Haryasz went down, Stanford's Chris Hernandez knew it was his time to take over.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 71 64
    FG Made-Attempted 26-57 (.456) 19-51 (.373)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-11 (.545) 3-15 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-15 (.867) 23-27 (.852)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 0

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