March 2, 2000
By ROB GLOSTER
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Top-ranked Stanford was virtually unstoppable, even when an overzealous Southern California bench player tried to get in on the action.
Casey Jacobsen had 23 points as Stanford, which has been overwhelming opponents with suffocating defense all season, displayed its offensive might in a 111-68 win Thursday night over the skidding Trojans.
It was the 13th straight win by a double-digit margin for the Cardinal (25-1, 14-1 Pac-10), who lead the nation with an average winning margin of 22.4 points this season. Stanford has won its last six games by an average margin of 30.3 points.
Things got so bad for Southern California late in the first half that Jarvis Turner, in street clothes on the bench, reached out and grabbed Jacobsen's shirt as he dribbled toward the basket.
The resulting technical foul gave Stanford a 54-28 lead with 1:28 left in the first half, and things just got worse for Southern California after that. Trailing 57-30 at halftime, the Trojans fell behind by 44 points midway through the second half.
Jarron Collins added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which has only had one higher scoring game in a Pac-10 contest - a double-overtime 116-110 win over UCLA in 1987-88.
The victory, coupled with No. 3 Arizona's 70-69 loss at Oregon State, gave Stanford undisputed possession of first place in the Pac-10 for the first time this season.
David Bluthenthal had 17 points for the Trojans (14-13, 7-8), who have lost seven of eight and are struggling to hold on to hopes of getting an NCAA tournament bid. Stanford fans mocked the visitors with chants of "N-I-T" in the second half.
The lone bright spot for Southern California was the return of forward Sam Clancy, who was the Trojans' leading scorer and rebounder when he broke his right foot Jan. 20 against Arizona State. Clancy had four points and five rebounds in 18 minutes in his first action since the injury.
The game was decided early. Stanford took a quick 11-3 lead by breaking through Southern California's full-court defensive pressure for easy layups, and extended its lead to 23-9.
The Cardinal led 48-28 with three minutes left in the first half, and had a 27-point halftime lead. Stanford began the second half with a 17-7 run that included seven points by Jacobsen and took an 88-47 lead with 10 1/2 minutes remaining.
Stanford reached 100 points with 5:26 remaining on a length-of-the-court drive by Julius Barnes that included a behind-the-back dribble.