Anteaters hit first bucket at 4:20


IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Hernandez made sure the Stanford
Cardinal didn't miss injured preseason All-American Josh Childress.

Hernandez scored a career-high 22 points for No. 20 Stanford,
which took a huge early lead and cruised to a 72-59 victory over UC
Irvine on Tuesday night. Hernandez made six of seven shots from
3-point range for the Cardinal (2-0).

"We thought this was a pretty good test for us," Stanford
coach Mike Montgomery said. "We knew they'd play hard and we came
out with a lot of energy. It was pleasing to be able to get up that
far and not be threatened."

Childress, who suffered a stress reaction in his left foot
before the season, also missed Stanford's season-opening victory
against Sacramento State.

"We're playing hard," Montgomery said. "We should be a little
bit stronger once we get Chris a little more game experience and
get Josh back on the floor."

Hernandez played 30 minutes, his most playing time in two
seasons after missing all but two games last season because of a
broken left foot last season.

"In our first scrimmage against Santa Clara, Chris was pretty
rugged," Montgomery said. "He really didn't play very well and he
was embarrassed about it.

"Since then, he's played much better. We've tried to limit his
minutes but I actually let him go a little longer tonight because
he was playing so well."

Adam Parada led the Anteaters (2-2) with 12 points and nine
rebounds. Stanislav Zuzak, Matt Okoro and Mike Efevberha added 10
points apiece.

Stanford made nine of its first 13 shots to build a 24-5 lead.
Hernandez led the spree with 10 points.

UC Irvine did not score for the first 2:58 and did not make a
basket in the first 4:20.