Jan 25, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - Stanford tries to complete a critical road sweep of its Los Angeles-area Pac-10 rivals when it plays Southern California at the Sports Arena on Saturday.
The 14th-ranked Cardinal (12-4, 5-2) remained tied for second place in the conference with Thursday's 86-76 triumph over No. 13 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, their first over a ranked opponent this season.
Julius Barnes scored 23 points while Casey Jacobsen hit two 3-pointers in a game-breaking 18-7 run that snapped a 57-57 tie. Jacobsen finished with 20 points despite shooting just 6-of-19 from the field, and Josh Childress had a career-high 12 rebounds to help Stanford amass a 45-37 edge on the boards.
The Cardinal have enjoyed making trips downstate, sweeping UCLA and USC on the road the last four seasons. They have not lost at the Los Angeles Sports Arena since an 84-81 defeat to USC on Feb. 6, 1997.
Stanford has made 43.6 percent (24-for-55) of its 3-point attempts over the last three games, and is shooting 35.3 percent from behind the arc for the season.
Southern California (14-4, 6-2), ranked 23rd, missed out on a chance to claim sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 on Thursday, losing 92-91 in overtime to visiting California. Sam Clancy had 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans, who were burned defensively for 15 3-pointers - including one as time expired by Shantay Lagans for the game-winning points.
"They were the worst 3-point shooting team in the Pac-10 coming in, so you've got to go with the percentages," USC coach Henry Bibby said. "But on the last play, we wanted our guys to be up on them."
Clancy has double-doubles in four straight games, averaging 23.8 points and 11.5 rebounds in that span. The senior forward is averaging team highs of 18.2 points and 9.4 rebounds.
Stanford has won seven of the last eight games between the teams, but USC still holds a slim 109-107 lead in the all-time series.