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Huestis takes charge of Stanford's win over the Trojans

Josh Huestis scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds as the Stanford men's basketball team beat visiting USC, 80-59, in a Pac-12 Conference game Thursday night.

Huestis, who recorded his sixth double-double, also had three blocked shots to become Stanford's all-time leader with 169, surpassing Tim Young's 167. He has nine in eight career games against the Trojans.

"The record is exciting. First and foremost, the win, we got it against a good team," Huestis said. "As far as the blocks and rebounds go, I'm just happy because I get to make my mark on the Stanford record books, and I'm just proud of how hard I went on the boards tonight. It's exhausting but the payoff is great, so it was worth it."

Chasson Randle added 18 points for the Cardinal (8-5 in the Pac-12, 17-8 overall), which hosts UCLA at 3 p.m. Saturday in an important game for Stanford's postseason hopes.

Dwight Powell added 14 points and Anthony Brown had 13 for Stanford, which swept the season series with the Trojans.

Randle reached double figures in scoring for the ninth consecutive game, matching his season-best streak.

Powell's five rebounds moved him into a tie for seventh place on Stanford's all-time list, matching John Revelli with 798. He also blocked a shot and has 112, seventh on the all-time list.

Powell also had to leave the game after a jarring collision with Trojans' Strahinja Gavrilovic. He later returned, with a few stitches.

"It was an odd game. Dwight goes down, you don't know the extent of his injury," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "He ended up having three stitches, and he's fine, but you just never know what's going on when you see a pool of blood on the floor and a young man has been taken to the training room. Fortunately everything was good for him."

The Cardinal moved into a fourth-place tie with California and Arizona State, a half-game behind Colorado, which hosts Arizona in its next game. The Bruins are a game behind the first-place Wildcats in the standings.

UCLA has won eight of the past 10 meetings with Stanford, sweeping last year's series and beating the Cardinal, 91-74, earlier in the season in Westwood. Stanford last beat the Bruins at home in December of 2011.

The Cardinal went on a 13-0 run over a three-minute span of the second half to turn the game into a rout. Huestis and Brown each recorded a dunk during the run.

Huestis has scored 80 points against the Trojans, his most against any team. He averaged 5.7 rebounds against USC coming into the contest.

Stanford, which won its fourth out of the past five games, led by as many as 25 late in the second half when Dawkins emptied his bench.

"I think we were just aggressive," Randle said. "We got to the line a little bit and stayed in attack mode, not letting anybody get in our way. The balanced scoring was great. Whenever we can get four guys in double figures, I think we've got a great chance to win. And, of course, we defended well too."

The Cardinal maintained its lead in the first half despite a shooting percentage that hovered around 28 percent, including just over seven per cent (1 of 13) from 3-point range.

Randle hit a pair of free throws with less than a second to play to give Stanford a 32-23 advantage heading into halftime.

The Cardinal took the lead for good with just over four minutes gone in the game, eventually increasing its lead to nine points before the intermission.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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