Friday , Mar , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Stanford bounces back strong after first loss

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Josh Childress scored 17 points and pulled
down eight rebounds to lead the second-ranked Stanford Cardinal to a 68-47 win
over Washington State in the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament from the
Staples Center.

Chris Hernandez chipped in with 11 points for the Cardinal (27-1), and Matt
Haryasz posted eight, as top-seeded Stanford followed up its only loss of the
season on March 6th against Washington with a strong effort.

“We had a sour taste in our mouths all week, so we had some great practices
and that just carried over to the game,” said Matt Lottich. “We don’t want to
have that feeling the rest of the season. We want to go out on top.”

Stanford moves on to the semifinal round, where it will face fifth-seeded
Oregon, an 87-82 winner over California.

Marcus Moore scored 17 points for Washington State (13-16), but shot just 6-
of-18 from the field. Jeff Varem added 10 points and five rebounds for the
Cougars, who lost three of their last four games to close out the season.

Washington State nearly beat Stanford last week, but a buzzer-beating three-
pointer by Lottich pulled the game out for the Cardinal. This game wasn’t as

“They concerned us because they gave us a great game a week ago,” Stanford
head coach Mike Montgomery said. “We came out and played harder and defended
the shooters better.”

Stanford raced out to an 11-1 lead eight minutes into the game on a jumper by
Lottich, and continued to pour it on. Hernandez hit a three-pointer with 6:11
remaining to make it a 22-5 game.

The Cougars rallied, though, and outscored the Cardinal 15-9 the rest of the
way to trail 31-20 heading into the locker room.

Both Childress and Justin Davis had seven points to pace all players at the
break, while Varem had six to lead Washington State.

Davis played for the first time since tearing a left knee ligament in January.

“It felt good out there,” Davis said. “I’m probably at 75 percent right now. I
don’t think my explosiveness is where it should be. It’s just a matter of
continuing the strengthening.”

Washington State closed to within eight points at 38-30 on a pair of Varem
free throws three minutes into the second half, but would get no closer.

Stanford used a 13-2 surge, capped by a Rob Little jumper with 11:41 to play,
to grab firm control of the game at 51-32.

The Cardinal used a Fred Washington jumper with six minutes left to take their
first 20-plus point lead of the game at 60-39, and the Cougars never got
closer than 19 points the rest of the way.

Stanford came into the tournament with a conference record of 17-1, while
Washington State was 7-11 in the Pac-10.