No. 24 Stanford Defeats No. 22 USC, 52-46
Jan. 5, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Fred Washington helped shut down heralded Southern California freshman O.J. Mayo, and No. 24 Stanford overcame a horrid shooting night to beat the 22nd-ranked Trojans 52-46 Saturday night.
The Cardinal (12-2, 1-1 Pac-10) avoided losing consecutive home games to open the conference season despite shooting a season-low 27 percent and committing 19 turnovers.
The Trojans (9-5, 0-2) were just as bad offensively, committing 23 turnovers and shooting 35 percent in scoring their fewest points this season. Mayo, who averaged 20.6 points in his first 13 games, finished with 14 on 5-for-19 shooting.
USC made a late charge in the final minutes, getting a 3-pointer by Mayo and a three-point play from Daniel Hackett to cut Stanford's lead to 48-44 with 1:03 remaining. Taj Gibson then blocked Lawrence Hill at the other end but Hackett missed a 3-pointer that could have cut the deficit to one.
Anthony Goods made one of two free throws to make it 49-44 with 28.2 seconds remaining. Mayo hit two of three free throws with 17.9 seconds left, but Mitch Johnson hit a free throw to make it a four-point game.
Goods led Stanford with 11 points on 3-for-12 shooting. Washington added nine and Lawrence Hill had seven points and 13 rebounds.
Hackett finished with 12 points and Gibson added 11. After allowing 92 points in a loss to Cal on Thursday, it was the Trojans' offense that did them in this time.
Brook Lopez, who went scoreless in seven foul-plagued minutes in the first half, slammed in a missed shot by Goods on the opening possession of the second half. The Cardinal scored the first seven points of the half to go up 35-26, extending a run that began in the final minute of the first half to 11-0.
USC made just two of nine shots and turned the ball over seven times in the first 12 minutes of the second half, but only trailed 41-34 because Stanford opened the half shooting 5-for-24.
During one particularly ugly stretch, Stanford botched a 3-on-1 break when Goods missed a wild layup attempt. Hill got the rebound but lost the ball as players sprawled all over the floor. Back at the other end, Angelo Johnson slipped and lost the ball for another turnover.
Stanford dominated the glass with 23 offensive rebounds, but often struggled to convert those chances into points as the Cardinal missed many shots from in close.
Mayo got off to a slow start, missing his first three shots and turning the ball over three times in the first 13 minutes. Mayo's poor pass led to a breakaway layup by Johnson that gave Stanford a 22-14 lead.
But then Mayo hit a floater in the lane with 6:20 left in the half for his first points. He added two more baskets during a 12-2 run that gave USC a 26-24 lead.
Stanford went into the half with a 28-26 lead when Robin Lopez blocked Mayo's drive, leading to Kenny Brown's layup just before the buzzer.