Stanford Stops USC Behind Barnes

Jan 25, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Julius Barnes scored 27 points, one short of hiscareer high, as Stanford pulled away from USC in the final minutes for an 80-72victory Saturday.

Josh Childress had his sixth double-double of the season with 14 points anda career-high 15 rebounds as the Cardinal (14-5, 5-2 in the Pac-10) beat theTrojans for the first time in four games. Matt Lottich added 22 points, one offhis career high.

Desmon Farmer scored 23 points to lead USC (7-8, 3-4), which has lost fourof its last five. Rory O'Neil added 14.

Stanford entered the game as the Pac-10's worst free throw shooting team butresponded with a 16-of-18 effort in the final five minutes.

Stanford's Justin Davis, the Pac-10's leading rebounder, returned to actionafter missing the past five games with a sprained left knee.

The late run was fueled by pinpoint accuracy from the foul line and snappeda 62-62 tie to give the Cardinal their fifth win in six games. Barnes was10-of-10 from the free throw line over the final 11:18 and established a MaplesPavilion record by making all 13 of his foul shots.

Tempers flared early in the second half after USC's Nick Curtis fouledStanford's Rob Little less than three minutes into the second half. Littlepushed Curtis and the two had to be separated. Both players were assessed atechnical foul, and both eventually fouled out.

The Cardinal made 10 of their first 14 shots; a direct contrast toThursday's 52-51 victory over UCLA when they missed nine of their first 12attempts.

Barnes, who was 2-of-8 from the field in Thursday's game, connected on fiveof his first six shots with a variety of 3-pointers, driving layups and slamdunks. His effort sparked an 11-0 run and helped Stanford open a 25-14 leadwith 11:37 left in the first half.

USC rallied the rest of the way and pulled within 40-33 by halftime.

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