Stanford Knocks Off USC, 73-67

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Justin Davis scored 20 points, and Julius Barnes added 16Thursday night as No. 21 Stanford beat Southern California 73-67 for its ninthstraight 20-win season.

The win was the fourth straight and eighth in nine games for the Cardinal(20-6, 11-3 Pac-10), but they were hard-pressed to beat a team that lost atArizona State and No. 1 Arizona by a combined 57 points last weekend.

Stanford won by outscoring USC 10-2 in the final 3� minutes, starting with athree-point play by Davis that put the Cardinal on top 66-65.

A 3-point shot by Matt Lottich with 2:55 left extended Stanford's lead tofour points. USC's Rory O'Neil scored 25 seconds later to make it 69-67.

Both teams missed several scoring opportunities before USC's Desmon Farmerdrew an offensive foul with 46.5 seconds to play. Nick Robinson made two freethrows 19 seconds later to put Stanford up 71-67.

Errick Craven missed a 3-pointer and Stanford got the ball to Davis, whodunked with 7.8 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.

Lottich added 12 points for Stanford on four 3-pointers.

Farmer scored 24 points to lead the Trojans (10-12, 5-8). Craven added 14,O'Neil scored 11 and Greg Guenther had 10 for USC.

Craven scored five points during a 7-0 run that gave the Trojans a 53-50lead midway through the second half, and two free throws by Farmer with 6:51left put USC on top 61-56.

But a dunk by Davis and a 3-pointer by Barnes tied it at 61 with 5:18remaining. Neither team led by more than two points after that until Stanford'sstrong finish.

Averaging 10.2 points, Davis scored nine in the first 7� minutes beforebaskets by O'Neil and Craven gave the Trojans a 20-14 lead.

That turned out to equal the largest lead of the game for either team.

It was 38-all at halftime. Averaging 17.8 points, Farmer had 14 in theopening 20 minutes.

The Trojans played without Roy Smiley, who has a sprained right knee. USC'sfourth-leading scorer with an 8.7-point average, Smiley might return Saturdaynight against No. 18 California.

Stanford goes for its sixth straight win over UCLA at Pauley Pavilionearlier Saturday. The Cardinal haven't lost to the Bruins in Los Angeles sincethe 1996-97 season.

Stanford has won five of its last six games over USC at the Los AngelesSports Arena.

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