By Rick Eymer
Palo Alto Online Sports
The highlight came during the pre-game ceremony honoring Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins.
Stanford's 69-53 loss to USC in a Pac-10 men's basketball contest Saturday was forgettable.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club recognized the 25th anniversary of Dawkins being selected as the 1986 Naismith Trophy winner.
The first Duke player to be honored with the award and one of the most decorated players in school history, Dawkins led the Blue Devils in scoring all four years of his career, recording 809 points and finishing his career in 1986 as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,556 points.
As for the game, Josh Owens scored 13 points and had seven rebounds, Jeremy Green and Josh Huestis each had 11 points and Dwight Powell had 10 rebounds.
"Jeremy is a focal point of defenses every single game," Huestis said. "When that happens, it leaves gaps open, so guys have to take advantage of that. It was just tough. It was a rough shooting night for everybody. We just have to get back into the gym and get better."
Stanford (6-9, 13-13) travels to Oregon State for a 6 p.m. game Thursday.
"Basically, we have to get better as a team," Dawkins said. "I think that it showed, and I think that it was good for our players to see. It's all about improving from here on out, both individually and collectively."
Stanford was limited to 33.3 percent shooting while the Trojans shot 53.2 percent, a Stanford opponent high for the season.
"It was a tough shooting night for all our guys," Dawkins said. "When that happens, you have to find other ways to win. You have to get to the free throw line, you have to get to the basket, you have to make plays in other ways, and that's where our maturity has to be."