Friday , Feb , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Stanford pounds Beavers to remain perfect

Palo Alto, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Hernandez scored 13 points and Josh
Childress added 12, as the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal defeated Oregon State,
73-47, at Maples Pavilion.

Fred Washington came off the bench to score 11 points for Stanford (24-0, 15-0
Pac-10), which extended its school record win streak and now has just three
games remaining to complete the regular season unbeaten.

Of late the Cardinal have dominated the series between the two schools,
winning their 10th straight over their conference rival. Stanford has also won
11 straight over the Beavers at Maples Pavilion.

David Lucas had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Oregon State (12-10, 7-8), which
had won its previous two games. Chris Stephens chipped in 10 points on 4-of-7
shooting, one of the few Beavers to shoot the ball well in the contest. Oregon
State struggled from the field the entire contest and hit just 32 percent (18-
of-56) of its shots.

“Defensively, those guys were everywhere. They were in all of our passing
lanes, they blocked our shots, they disrupted us in transition.” said Stephens

The game remained close for a matter of about four minutes before Stanford
flexed its muscles. Nine straight points by the Cardinal sparked a 20-3 burst
that spanned almost nine minutes and put the contest away quickly.

Rob Little started the run with a layup and Childress then followed with five
consecutive points. Hernandez’s jumper with 14:24 remaining in the opening
half capped the initial nine-point burst, giving Stanford a 16-7 advantage

The Beavers were unable to solve the Cardinal’s defense, missing shot after
shot during the run. Stanford, meanwhile, continued to score and after all was
said and done had built a 27-10 lead with just under nine minutes to play.

Oregon State went into the locker room at the half trailing by a score of
38-22, mostly because of its dreadful 8-of-28 shooting, including 0-for-5 from
behind the three-point line.

Hernandez led all scorers at the break with 11 points and Childress wasn’t far
behind with 10. Lucas had 10 points and six boards for the Beavers in the
first half.

The game never got close in the second half and turned into a bona fide
blowout over the final 10 minutes.

“This was a pretty good win for us, and healthy for us to play everyone and
give them an opportunity for quality minutes,” Stanford head coach Mike
Montgomery explained.

While Oregon State made just 2-of-13 three-pointers in the contest, the
Cardinal hit 9-of-19 from behind the arc.

Stanford received an update on big man Justin Davis and the results were not
overly positive, as the forward will be out for about two more weeks due to a
knee injury. The senior underwent another MRI exam and results showed he is
not yet fully healed. However, it is expected that he will be back in time for
the Pac-10 Tournament, which begins March 11 in Los Angeles.