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No. 14 Stanford Dumps USC 83-59

No. 14 Stanford accomplished something in the last few days that hadn't been done since the Great Depression.

Arthur Lee scored a season-high 23 points Saturday night as the Cardinal beat Southern California 83-59, marking the first time since the 1928-29 season that the Cardinal has swept UCLA and USC in the same season.

Tim Young had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford (21-3, 10-2 Pac-10), which took control of the game early in the second half after shooting only 32 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

"We're really happy and pleased to get this win behind us," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We were scared to death because we've had some horrible performances here. This was a great sweep in L.A."

Stanford had lost two straight games and six of its last eight to the Trojans at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Cardinal also hadn't beaten UCLA and USC in Los Angeles in the same season since the 1946-47 campaign.

Stanford beat the Trojans and Bruins in Maples Pavilion last month. The Cardinal's 84-81 victory over No. 9 UCLA on Thursday night was just its third at Pauley Pavilion since the arena opened in 1965.

Gary Williams led USC (7-16, 3-10) with 18 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Kevin Augustine added 13 points and five assists for the young Trojans, who started three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior.

USC's total margin of defeat over the last two games - 24 to Stanford and 30 to California on Thursday night - is the largest for consecutive home games in school history.

It sure didn't appear the Cardinal would win by 24 at any time during the first half, which ended with Stanford leading 33-31.

"I think part of it had to do with coming off the win at UCLA," Young said. "We were playing not to lose instead of to win. We just didn't have a lot of focus."

Lee scored 11 points and Young added eight to key a 28-10 Stanford spurt in the first eight minutes of the second half, giving the Cardinal a 61-41 lead.

The Trojans, who have lost four straight games and eight of their last nine, weren't closer than 17 points after that.

"We came out and decided, hey, we've got to take care of it," Lee said of the second half. "We started rebounding the ball, our big guys did a wonderful job on the offensive boards, that gave us a lift."

Stanford made 7-of-11 shots from 3-point range in the second half and 45.7 percent of its shots overall in the final 20 minutes. The Cardinal also outrebounded USC 25-15.

"The first five minutes of the second half were critical," Montgomery said. "Our inside game was not very good in the first half. We were tentative inside."

Adam Spanich, USC's leading scorer, played a total of 12 minutes - all in the second half - and scored four points.

Gary Johnson, USC's second-leading scorer, didn't play at all. He had started 20 of USC's first 22 games.

In addition, junior guard Elias Ayuso, averagin 8.0 points, was suspended for the game for missing classes.

"Johnson didn't play because of disciplinary action," USC coach Henry Bibby said. "Johnson and Ayuso will both be back for UCLA."

The Trojans face the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Bibby said he didn't play Spanich because he "wanted to go with some other people, see how they were playing."

However, Spanich said wasn't surprised he was benched until the second half because he broke some team rules.

"They were a better team," Bibby said of Stanford. "They had more manpower and were more physical. They got the ball inside whenever they wanted. We played as well as we could in the first half."

USC outscored Stanford 11-2 to go ahead 14-10 in the opening eight minutes, and a layup by Jarvis Turner midway through the first half gave the Trojans a 20-15 lead - their biggest of the game.

However, Turner picked up his third foul shortly later, and the Cardinal then went on a 14-4 run to take a 29-24 lead.

USC battled back to tie the game before two foul shots by Lee gave Stanford its two-point halftime lead.

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