OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Two wins in a row and Matt Haryasz is
convinced Stanford has its swagger back. Coach Trent Johnson might
not agree just yet, but acknowledges his team is on the right
"More than anything, our guys are playing with a level of
confidence," Johnson said. "It seemed like we had a weight on our
shoulders before. It takes time."
Freshman Mitch Johnson had five points, four assists, three
rebounds and three steals in another impressive performance off the
Ten players got at least 10 minutes of time for the Cardinal
(4-4), who won their second straight game following a three-game
losing streak to move back to .500.
Kyle Koncz scored nine points to lead the Tigers (2-7), who fell
behind early and never recovered on their way to their third
straight loss. Princeton has played worse: The Tigers lost 41-21 to
Monmouth on Dec. 14 before a 61-42 defeat at Wake Forest last
In its final tuneup before the start of the Pac-10 season next
week, Stanford improved to 8-0 all-time in this event after beating
San Francisco 93-83 in overtime last year.
Before Monday's win over Denver, Stanford had lost at Montana,
at UC Davis and to Virginia Tech last weekend in Las Vegas. The
Cardinal, who also lost their season opener to UC Irvine, were
picked to finish second in the conference behind Arizona.
"Even though we didn't get the job done against Virginia Tech,
I could tell the team was starting to change," Haryasz said. "The
last three games we've been playing a lot better. We stumbled a
little bit and got down, but we've pulled ourselves up. And now
we're 0-0 going into the Pac-10."
Noah Savage and Kevin Steuerer had eight points each for
Princeton, which played without starting point guard Scott Greenman
because of a back injury. The Tigers shot 32.5 percent, going
7-for-21 from 3-point range against Stanford's strong zone defense.
Stanford jumped out to a 19-3 lead with 11:46 left in the first
half on a pair of free throws by Haryasz and led by as many as 23
on the way to a 35-14 lead at the break.
The Cardinal spent much of their two-week break for final exams
working to upgrade their defense. They came out in a zone against
the inexperienced Tigers two nights after forcing 20 turnovers in a
71-49 home win over Denver.
"They don't usually play zone," Princeton coach Joe Scott
said. "It might have surprised me, but we played against a zone
four times now and we've practiced against a zone. I'm at a loss to
say why we couldn't do it. We had a couple of bad possessions, we
pressed a little bit and it sort of snowballed from there."
Princeton shot only 5-for-18 in the first half, managed just
eight rebounds and committed 10 turnovers -- not a good combination
This marked the first meeting between the schools since the
Tigers' 88-85 victory during the 1971-72 season. Princeton had won
all three previous matchups.
Former Princeton coach Pete Carril, the winningest coach in Ivy
League history and now an assistant with the NBA's Sacramento
Kings, received the 2005 Pete Newell Challenge Career Achievement
Award in a ceremony at halftime.
It was Carril's first time seeing second-year coach Scott's
squad play in person. The two are friends and talk often by phone.
Stanford forward Fred Washington missed his second straight game
with tendinitis in his left knee.