No. 1 Cardinal Holds Off USC, 70-68
March 1, 2001
By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Jacobsen scored 22 points, three big ones in thefinal 1:30, as top-ranked Stanford blew most of a 16-point lead before beatingUSC 70-68 Thursday night.
The game went down to the final second, with USC's Brandon Granvillefutilely throwing up an air ball as the clock ran out for the Trojans, whohaven't beaten a No. 1 team in 31 years.
The Trojans (18-9, 8-7) trailed 41-34 at halftime and were behind by as muchas 53-37 early in the second half before rallying to close to 65-62 with 1:52remaining.
Ryan Mendez, who had 16 points for the Cardinal, provided the differencewhen he made both free throws on a 1-and-1 for a 70-66 lead with 13.8 secondsremaining.
Sam Clancy scored on a dunk for USC with 7.2 seconds left, then Jacobsenmissed the first of a 1-and-1 with 6.3 seconds left. The Trojans brought theball up but could not get off a decent shot.
Jacobsen scored on a drive to give the Cardinal a 67-62 lead with 1:33remaining, then made one of two free throws for a 68-64 lead with 31 secondsleft.
Clancy led USC with 16 points and Brian Scalabrine had 11.
Stanford moves on to Pauley Pavilion, where the Cardinal will play12th-ranked UCLA on Saturday and try to avenge their only loss of the season.The Bruins knocked the Cardinal out of the No. 1 spot for a while with a 79-73victory at Stanford on Feb. 3.
Meanwhile, the Trojans have lost five of their last eight as they struggleto try to earn an NCAA playoff berth.
Jason Collins had eight points in the last seven minutes of the first halfas the Cardinal opened their seven-point lead.
Jacobsen had 11 points in the first 20 minutes, while Clancy and Scalabrinekept USC close with eight points each in the half.
USC played Stanford tough in their earlier meeting this season, Feb. 1 atMaples Center. The Trojans led 57-54 with 7:05 left and were behind by only apoint in the final two minutes before the Cardinal pulled away to win 77-71.
USC had spent most of the season ranked in the Top 25,rising as high as 12th early in December. But the Trojans dropped out of therankings the second week of February and have gone into a slump that includedtheir worst home loss ever, a 105-61 defeat by Arizona.
The Trojans last beat a No. 1 team when they shocked UCLA 87-86 at PauleyPavilion on March 6, 1970.