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Stanford Upsets Huskies

January 30, 2006|From the Associated Press

PALO ALTO — Chris Hernandez made three free throws with two-tenths of a second left in regulation to send the game into overtime and made four more in the extra period, lifting Stanford to a 76-67 victory over No. 10 Washington on Sunday night in front of a sellout crowd of 7,400 for the nationally televised game.

The Cardinal, 10-7 overall, 6-3 Pacific 10 Conference, won its third in a row to extend its home winning streak to eight games.

It also was Stanford's 13th consecutive win over Washington (16-4, 5-4) at Maples Pavilion. The Huskies haven't won in Palo Alto since a 68-67 victory Jan. 30, 1993.

Hernandez finished with 15 points and four assists after sitting the final 12:16 of the first half in foul trouble, and Matt Haryasz recorded his fifth consecutive 20-point game with 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Brandon Roy, the Huskies' leading scorer, spun through the lane for the go-ahead basket with 1:01 left in regulation, then made a key defensive play when he intercepted a bad pass by Mitch Johnson with three seconds left. Roy, who finished with 25 points, made two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining, but Stanford had one last chance.

Lawrence Hill inbounded the ball from under Washington's basket to Haryasz, who flipped the ball to Hernandez. He attempted a three-point shot from the right wing but was fouled by Justin Dentmon as the buzzer went off.

The officials huddled to review the play, put two-tenths of a second back on the clock and gave Hernandez three free throws. He made all three and sent the game into overtime.

Dan Grunfeld had nine points and five rebounds and played strong defense on Roy down the stretch, and Lawrence Hill had 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Official Verne Harris struggled for the final 15:53 of the game after injuring his right leg. But he was the one who called the foul in the closing seconds of regulation that put Hernandez at the free-throw line.

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