No. 19 Stanford Shakes Off ASU
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Julius Barnes scored 29 points and No. 19 Stanfordincreased its season-best winning streak to six games, defeating Arizona State88-77 Thursday night.
Barnes was 4-for-4 on 3-pointers and made all 13 of his free throws as theCardinal (22-6, 13-3 Pac-10) won for the 10th time in 11 games and 13th in 15.They have won nine straight at home and 11 in a row against the Sun Devils.
Arizona State freshman Ike Diogu, who entered the game averaging 19.7 pointsand 9.4 rebounds in his past seven games, had 26 points on 10-for-14 shootingand nine rebounds before fouling out with 3:27 left. Curtis Millage added 21points.
Josh Childress had 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for Stanford,which hosts No. 1 Arizona on Saturday in Maples Pavilion. Justin Davis had 11rebounds.
The Sun Devils (17-9, 9-6) have lost consecutive games to ranked teams, andthey play at 23rd-ranked California on Sunday. Arizona State lost to No. 1Arizona last Saturday in Tempe, 92-72.
After struggling early, Arizona State began the second half with an 8-2 run,the first four points by Millage. The Sun Devils were more aggressive onoffense and going to the boards. But Stanford withstood every challenge byhitting big baskets or making other key plays, such as drawing an offensivefoul.
When Diogu scored with 11:02 remaining, his team's first basket in nearlyfour minutes, Childress sank a 3-pointer to make it 62-51.
And after Childress shot an air ball from long-range with 8:52 to go,Stanford still turned the play into two points. Matt Haryasz controlled therebound, was fouled and converted both free throws.
In the first half, Barnes had nine points in a span of 3:37, includingback-to-back 3-pointers during a 13-0 run in which the Cardinal had threestraight 3s. The spurt followed a 7-0 run by the Sun Devils in which they builta 16-11 lead. The first half featured 22 fouls, including a technical onStanford coach Mike Montgomery. It didn't affect his team, which shot 65.4percent (17-for-26) in the half and led by as many as 13. The Cardinal built a48-36 halftime lead. They shot 51.9 percent for the game.
Arizona State, the top team in the conference in field-goal percentage at49.1 percent, was limited to 47.5 shooting.
The Sun Devils' Donnell Knight went to the bench just 4:21 into the gameafter getting hit in the throat and then having breathing trouble. He sat therest of the half, but returned to start after halftime and made three assists.
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