The Stanford Cardinals men's basketball team won, 82-69 over visitng Arizona State on Thursday night. With the win, the Cardinals ended a two-game losing streak and continued their ninth straight win at home.
This was an important game for the Pac-10 Conference teams. After the game, Stanford (9-4,13-9) remained a game behind co-leaders UCLA and California. Stanford senior, Matt Haryasz, who scored 22 points, said: "Right now we just need to win. We're only a game out of first and we think we got robbed out of one at U of A. We're going to be pumped up to play."
Haryasz, who has dealt with vision problems stemming from a poke to the eye two weeks ago at Oregon State, became the 35th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, following Hernandez, who reached the milestone earlier this season. Haryasz also became the 13th player to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds. "This injury has put things in perspective for me," Haryasz said. "Sometimes you take things for granted like always being able to see perfectly. To go down with the eye injury was tough. It's nice to see again."
Stanford's Chris Hernandez scored 12 points and extended his consecutive free throw streak to 34. Hernandez is now seven shy of Todd Lichti's 41 straight, and 15 short of the school record held by Ryan Mendez.
Also a senior at Stanford, Dan Grunfeld, scored a career-high 31 points against Arizona on Thursday. He made 9 of 11 shots from the field and all 11 of his free throws. He now has a total of 914 career points for Stanford. Grunfeld, a first-team all-conference pick last year, injured his knee last Feb. 12 and had surgery on Feb. 23. He missed the final nine games of the season, but his shooting and scoring have both been off from last year.
"The fact that we won is more important, but it is special for me as far as coming back from an injury." Grinfeld said. "I'm wearing a lighter brace now, and it's nice to be able to do things I wasn't able to do before."...
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