Stanford Falls To USC In Pac-10 Tourney 79-74
Los Angeles, Calif. - Desmon Farmer scored 24 points and Roy Smiley added acareer-high 20 as Southern California defeated No. 15 Stanford 79-74 Thursdaynight in the opening round of the Pac-10 Conference tournament.
The Trojans (12-16) beat the Cardinal (23-8) in the first round for thesecond straight year despite losing both regular-season matchups.
USC led the entire second half, with its largest lead of 14 points coming ona free throw by Farmer with 11:13 remaining. Farmer and Smiley combined toscore 15 consecutive points during a nearly four-minute stretch when theCardinal's shooting went cold.
Stanford, which finished second to Arizona in the regular-season standings,joined the top-ranked Wildcats on the sidelines Thursday after the two LosAngeles schools knocked off the top two seeds. Eighth-seeded UCLA shockedArizona 96-89 in overtime in the opening game at Staples Center.
The Trojans led 73-65 when the Cardinal scored six straight to get withintwo with 3:03 remaining. After Gregg Guenther made a free throw for USC, RoryO'Neil, who finished with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer with a second left on theshot clock to keep the Trojans ahead 77-71.
Matt Lottich answered right back with a 3-pointer as Stanford trailed 77-74with 1:06 to play. But Lottich and Josh Childress both missed 3-pointers thatcould have tied the game in the final 30 seconds. Childress finished with 15points.
Errick Craven made one of four free throws in the final 25 seconds for theTrojans.
USC coach Henry Bibby, who's been in trouble with Pac-10 officials most ofthe season, was hit with a technical foul with his team ahead by 10 pointsearly in the second half. It seemingly sparked Farmer and Smiley, who launchedtheir dominating run right after the call.
Farmer was left off the All-Pac-10 team despite being the league'sfourth-leading scorer with an 18.4 average.
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
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