Friday , Jan , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Cardinal remain perfect with victory in Corvallis

Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) – Josh Childress scored 17 points and Matt
Haryasz added 10 with a team-high seven rebounds, leading second-ranked
Stanford to a 62-48 victory over Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.

Rob Little and Justin Davis each chipped in eight points for the Cardinal
(17-0, 8-0 Pac-10), who remained one of only two unbeaten teams in Division I
basketball. Saint Joseph’s is the other, also at 17-0.

“Winning on the road is still a big deal,” said Stanford head coach Mike
Montgomery. “It’s really hard to do, but for us we’re trying to improve. The
kids are happy, but I don’t think they’re overly ecstatic.”

Chris Stephens had half of Oregon State’s points with 24, while David Lucas
added 15. Stephens finished 5-of-7 from three-point range for the Beavers
(8-10, 2-6), who have lost four in a row.

Oregon State, which has lost nine straight in the series, committed 22
turnovers to Stanford’s nine.

“We haven’t turned the ball over that much all year,” said Oregon State head
coach John Jay. “They (Stanford) didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but
they still were able to combat and execute their defense. A great team is
going to be able to withstand an off night shooting because of their defense.”

The Cardinal built a 29-23 lead at the intermission, but Oregon State opened
the second half with an 8-0 run. Stephens hit a pair of three-pointers to key
the spurt, which gave the Beavers a 31-29 edge.

Stanford responded with 12 straight points. Childress made a pair from beyond
the arc and Haryasz added the other six points, as the Cardinal took a 41-31
lead with just under 13 1/2 minutes to play.

The Beavers got as close as six at 43-37, but Stanford reeled off the next
nine points to blow it open. Haryasz scored four during the surge and two free
throws by Joe Kirchofer capped it to give the Cardinal a 52-37 cushion with
just under six minutes remaining.

Oregon State got only as close as 10, and Stanford hit eight free throws down
the stretch to seal it.

The Cardinal finished 12-of-13 from the line, which helped offset a 4-for-18
effort from beyond the arc.

“We struggled offensively,” Montgomery said. “We didn’t shoot the ball very
well and didn’t execute.”

Oregon State led early, as a three-pointer by Stephens gave the Beavers a 7-4
edge. Stephens added another shot from beyond the arc moments later for a 12-6
lead just seven minutes into the contest.

“Stephens shot the ball very well,” Montgomery said.

Three minutes later, Stephens connected on another three-pointer to make it a
17-10 game, but Stanford answered with a 10-2 run. Consecutive layups by Davis
gave the Cardinal a 20-19 lead with just over four minutes left.

Derek Potter put the Beavers ahead with the next basket, but a three-pointer
by Childress gave Stanford a lead it would hold for the rest of the half.