Stanford was off to a shaky start but eventually overcame USC in an 80-59 victory at Maples Pavillion Thursday night.
In spite of a rough shooting half against the overmatched Trojans, the Cardinal somehow managed a 32-23 halftime lead, a 45-40 rebounding edge, and the saving grace of committing only seven turnovers. Stanford made just 10 of 35 shots in the half, missing 12 of 13 3-pointers which proved to be a dismal start on offense for the cardinal.
Soon after, the offense awakened as Stanford broke open a one-possession game with a 12-6 scoring run to close out the final seven minutes of the first half. The Cardinal got into their shooting stride to start the second, making 9 of their first 11 shots to open up an 11-point lead midway through.
Dwight Powell added 14 points and Josh Huestis had 11 points and 18 rebounds for the Cardinal. Powell left the floor for a short period in the first half to get stitches in his head after colliding with USC’s Strahinja Gavrilovic. Powell returned with a headwrap and a new No. 32 to replace his bloodied No. 33.
Late in the game, leading 51-42, Stanford sparked a 17-5 scoring burst that resulted in a 21-point cushion after a dunk from Brown with 5:33 left to play. Coming out of a challenging, but well-deserved win, Stanford heads into Saturday night’s showdown against No. 23 UCLA on the upturn.