Barnes, Cardinal Heat Up To Beat Huskies
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Julius Barnes scored 21 of his 29 points in thesecond half as No. 24 Stanford beat Washington 78-69 on Thursday night.
Rob Little added 12 points for the Cardinal (18-6, 9-3 Pac-10), who beatWashington for the 10th straight time at home. Josh Childress had 11.
Doug Wrenn scored 23 points to lead the Huskies (8-13, 3-9), who fell to 1-7on the road and lost for the fifth time in six games overall. Nate Robinson andCurtis Allen each had 16 points.
Washington, which had just seven rebounds in the second half, has lost 21consecutive games to ranked opponents on the road.
Stanford, which hadn't played at home in 19 days, won its sixth in sevengames since losing 73-68 to Washington in Seattle last month.
The Cardinal, picked to finish seventh in the conference, have the samerecord after 24 games as last year, when they were favored to win the title.
The Huskies played without starting center Anthony Washington, who missedhis third game with a sprained left foot.
The teams exchanged the lead four times and were tied on three otheroccasions in the first nine minutes of the second half.
Stanford broke a 52-all tie with a 15-2 run that began with Barnes' jumperwith 9:56 left. Barnes, who scored a career-high 33 points in his last gameagainst Oregon State, added three 3-pointers as the Cardinal opened a 67-54advantage less than three minutes later.
Wrenn scored Washington's first 10 points and 12 of its first 14. He was7-of-9 from the field in the first half.
Stanford took a 28-16 lead in the first 12 minutes but the Huskies roaredback, making their last seven shots of the half and shooting over 59 percentfrom the field.
The Cardinal entered leading the Pac-10 in defensive field-goal percentage,allowing opponents to shoot just over 40 percent.
Robinson capped a 22-7 run in the final eight minutes of the first half bypicking off a Stanford pass and racing the length of the court for a layup with3 seconds remaining to give the Huskies a 38-35 halftime advantage.