Randle's extra work pays off for Cardinal men's basketball

Chasson Randle scored seven of his 17 points in overtime, John Gage came up huge in the extra period and the Stanford men's basketball team came away with a 79-71 victory over host USC in a Pac-12 contest Sunday.

The Cardinal (4-3, 13-6) earned its second conference road win of the season in winning for the fourth time in five games.

Stanford hosts top-ranked and undefeated Arizona (7-0, 20-0) at 6 p.m. Wednesday night, a game that will be televised by ESPN2.

USC sank a pair of free throws late in regulation play to tie the game at 61 but the Cardinal took charge in overtime.

Anthony Brown, who had 11 points and team highs in rebounds (8) and assists (6), hit a free throw and Randle followed with a 3-pointer to give Stanford the lead for good.

After the Trojans drew within one, Brown hit a jumper and then fed Gage for a 3-pointer to increase the Cardinal lead to six points. Gage finished with 12 points.

Gage scored four points in the extra period and added a steal, a rebound and a blocked shot as Stanford beat USC for the second time in three trips to Los Angeles. The Cardinal has still lost 16 of the past 18 conference games played against UCLA and USC in Southern California.

Josh Huestis had 16 points and six rebounds and Dwight Powell scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and made four assists before fouling out late in the game.

Randle made three 3-pointers to move past Ryan Mendez for seventh-place on the all-time Cardinal list with 179, nine shy of matching Chris Hernandez for sixth.

Powell's six rebounds gives him 755, matching Tom Dose for eighth on Stanford's all-time list. He reached double figures in scoring for the 10th straight game and 16 overall on the season. No one else has gone more than nine in a row with double-digits for the year.

Gage matched his season high in points and rebounds while adding a couple of critical defensive plays in the overtime. He recorded his first double figure game in scoring since Nov. 11.

Stanford took a 32-28 halftime lead but USC exploded out of the gates in the second half, building a 39-35 advantage before the Cardinal scored nine unanswered points.

Stanford maintained the edge until USC's Byron Wesley hit a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left in regulation. Powell missed a final shit with five seconds left, forcing the extra time.

Arizona comes into Maples Pavilion with a seven-game winning streak against the Cardinal. It's been over five years since Stanford recorded a victory over the Wildcats.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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