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Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2005 8:35 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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Stanford 77, (10) Washington 67

PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- Matt Haryasz and Jason Haas had career scoring games and Stanford took a big step forward in securing an NCAA berth while shooting down Washington's hope for a Pac-10 title.

Haryasz scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds and Haas chipped in 18 as the Cardinal dropped the Huskies, 77-67.

Stanford (17-11, 11-7 Pac-10) got a big win against a quality opponent while Washington (24-5, 14-4), which could have won the conference crown outright for the first time since 1953 with a win and an Arizona loss, finished in second place after Arizona edged Arizona State, 70-68.

"Washington is a mature team," Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. "We had to make them miss, keep them out of rhythm and keep an eye on Tre Simmons. The main thing for us was changing our defense and staying aggressive on offense.

"There were times when Chris (Hernandez) was tired and Jason had no choice but to put the ball on the floor and make a play. If we're not in the (NCAA) tournament after beating this team and with our (tough) schedule, there's something wrong. This team has been through a lot."

Haryasz and Haas combined for 11 points during a 15-5 run over a seven-minute run that gave the Cardinal a 52-45 lead with 7:22 to play. After Washington moved within 54-52 with five minutes left, Haryasz hit four free throws, a layup and a 3-pointer to help the Cardinal pull away and avenge a 76-73 loss to the Huskies on January 2.

Haryasz shot 8-of-13 from the floor and added 10 rebounds and Haas converted 13-of-14 from the line. In a game characterized by physical inside play, Stanford outscored Washington, 33-4, from the line. The Cardinal shot 42 percent (21-of-50) and the Huskies shot 40 percent (27-of-68).

"It was physical," Haryasz said. "We knew we had to play hard, solid defense. ... There was a lot riding on this game for both teams. Both teams needed to come out and play."

"They wanted to see if Jason could step up to the challenge," Hernandez said. "He met and exceeded it. Jason did a great job attacking them."

Nick Robinson and Hernandez scored 12 points apiece for Stanford, which has won 18 of the last 19 home contests against Washington.

Brandon Roy scored 16 points for the Huskies, who shot just 9-of-24 from 3-point range after making a school-record 16 in 29 attempts in Thursday's 106-73 annihilation over California. Nate Robinson, Will Conroy and Bobby Jones added 11 points apiece for Washington, but Robinson shot just 4-of-16.

Washington looked like it was on its way after Robinson scored on a three-point play and a 3-pointer before Tre Simmons drained a shot from the arc for a 29-21 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half. But Haryasz scored four points as Stanford closed the half on a 10-0 run.


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