Jan. 29, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Chris Hernandez told himself to stay calm, refusing to think about the consequences if even one of his free throws were to miss its intended target.
One, two, three - just like in practice.
Hernandez sank three free throws with two-tenths of a second left in regulation to send the game into overtime and hit four more in the extra period, lifting Stanford to a thrilling 76-67 victory over No. 10 Washington on Sunday night.
"When you're trying to shoot, the best thing to do is not think about what you have to do," Hernandez said. "I've had that situation in high school a few times. I've been pretty successful."
The Cardinal (10-7, 6-3 Pac-10) won their third straight to extend their home winning streak to eight games. It was their 13th straight win over the Huskies at Maples Pavilion, where students charged the court after the final buzzer sounded.
"I don't think it crossed my mind we were going to lose that game," said Huskies leading scorer Brandon Roy, who finished with 25 points. "I'm still kicking myself. For the first time in basketball, I feel sorry for myself."
Hernandez finished with 15 points and four assists after sitting the final 12:16 of the first half in foul trouble, and Matt Haryasz posted his fifth straight 20-point game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He also made a gutsy pass to Hernandez in one crazy final minute of regulation.
Roy spun through the lane for the go-ahead basket with 1:01 left in regulation, then came up with a big defensive play when he intercepted a bad pass by Mitch Johnson with 3 seconds left. Roy converted two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining, but Stanford had a final chance.
"I'm always confident as long as there's time on the clock," Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. "It always helps having a guy who can step up to the free throw line in that situation and keep his composure."
Lawrence Hill inbounded from beneath Washington's basket to a lunging Haryasz, who flipped the ball to Hernandez, and he quickly released a 3 from the right wing and got fouled by Justin Dentmon as the buzzer went off. The officials quickly huddled to review the play, put .2 back on the clock and gave Hernandez three free throws. He made all three and sent the game into overtime.
Before Hernandez even stepped to the line, the clock said 5:00 for overtime.
Washington's defense did just the opposite of what coach Lorenzo Romar instructed on that crucial sequence.
"It was a dumb foul," said Dentmon, the freshman point guard. "I thought I got him after the buzzer, but the camera showed I didn't. It was a mental mistake."
Stanford routinely practices those late-game situations - calling the play "home run."
After Dan Grunfeld missed a baseline 3 with 41 seconds left, Roy kept the ball in his hands and ran some time off the clock before Johnson stole the ball from him in the corner to give the Cardinal another opportunity.
Stanford called timeout with 5.9 seconds left, then Washington (16-4, 5-4) used a timeout. Grunfeld inbounded the ball to Johnson, who drove to his left side before losing the ball.
The Huskies rebounded from Thursday's 71-69 loss at California on Thursday with a much more energized effort, but couldn't do enough in overtime in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 7,400 for the nationally televised game.
"There's no way you think you're going to lose that with 2.1 seconds to go. You think the game's over," Romar said. "The unheard of situation happened. ... What's important at this point is we don't take a nosedive. I've seen teams in this situation not recover from it. It's fine to grieve tonight. I'm going to grieve."
Grunfeld had nine points and five rebounds and played strong defense on Roy down the stretch, while Hill added 12 points, seven boards and three assists.
Brockman had 11 points and eight rebounds and Williams 15 points and five boards for Washington, which hasn't won on Stanford's home floor since a 68-67 victory Jan. 30, 1993.
Stanford contained Ryan Appleby, who made five 3-pointers in the loss at Cal. He took only one shot in the first half and finished with four points, four rebounds and two assists.
The Huskies lost 77-67 at Stanford last March 5 to cost themselves a share of the Pac-10 title, but bounced back to beat the Cardinal in the conference tournament 66-63 on March 11 on the way to winning the tournament championship.
Washington's high trapping defense flustered Stanford into eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes, and when Washington came at Stanford in a full-court press it was 6-foot-8 forward Taj Finger forced to bring the ball up court for the Cardinal.
Stanford had three of its 19 turnovers in the opening 45 seconds and the Cardinal didn't take their first shot until more than three minutes into the game, but made five of their first six shots and quickly turned an 8-1 deficit into a 17-12 lead on back-to-back baskets by Tim Morris to cap an 11-2 spurt.
Official Verne Harris gutted it out for the final 15:53 of the game after injuring his right leg and limped along the sideline - and he was the one who called the foul in the closing seconds of regulation that put Hernandez on the line.