STANFORD — Chasson Randle called Marcus Allen a sparkplug for the team and Sunday he showed why.
Allen scored four of his 10 points in the final four minutes and grabbed three of his game-high 11 rebounds in the same span and Stanford overcame a halftime deficit to beat USC 70-62 on Sunday.Â
Randle scored 17 points, Stefan Nastic added 15 and Anthony Brown and Rosco Allen added 11 points apiece for the Cardinal (16-7, 7-4 in the Pac-12), who ended a two-game losing streak.Â
“It kind of just happens,” Marcus Allen said. “I try to pick everybody up on defense and get them energized. I try to do the small things that don't show up on the stat sheet.”
Katin Reinhardt scored 19 points and Jordan McLaughlin added 18 for the Trojans (9-14, 1-10), who lost their ninth straight.
“I thought it was a really good college basketball game,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “In transition, we had a wide-open layup with about 2:30 left, but our player (Reinhardt) had his knee give out on him.Â We had a two-on-zero break and we didn't get any points out of it.Â If you look at a couple of crucial plays in the game, that's the difference.”
An offensive goal-tending call on a Nastic basket gave Stanford a 65-59 edge with 3:31 left to play and the Trojans never got closer than four the rest of the way.
“Marcus does one thing one night and something different the next night,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “If he can put it all together he's capable of having a great career here.”
The Cardinal opened the second half with a 13-4 run to wipe out a six-point halftime deficit. An offensive rebound led to Randle's lean-in jumper with 13:53 remaining that put Stanford ahead.Â
“I'm impressed with the win,” Randle said. “They gave us everything they had and we had to give them everything we had.”
Marcus Allen's lay-up with 6:28 left in the first half to put Stanford ahead, 27-20. The Trojans outscored the Cardinal 19-6 the rest of the way to take a 39-33 advantage into intermission.
“We need everybody,” Dawkins said. “Losing two in a row was a difficult pill to swallow. We had to figure out a way to get back on track.”
USC post player Nikola Jovanovic was limited to 18 minutes because of foul trouble. The Cardinal took advantage with a 50-35 rebounding edge.
“It was huge for us,” Dawkins said. “He can really cause problems. Him getting in foul trouble was tough for them but fortunate for us. Stefan was able to finish in there.”
The Trojans entered the game with the fewest 3-pointers (103) of any Pac-12 team and are 1-16 over their past 17 road conference games. USC had a lead at halftime for just the third time in conference play.
Stanford entered Sunday's contest shooting 41.1 percent from long range, tied with Sacramento State for fourth in the nation. Prior to making seven in Thursday's loss to UCLA, the Cardinal made at least eight 3s and shot 40 percent in eight consecutive games.
BACK TO THE BOARDS
USC has now been outrebounded by 50 (282-232) over its last seven games. The Trojans held a 30-rebound advantage over their first 16 games. “We're not an overly big team and we have trouble rebounding at times, and Stanford is very physical,” Enfield said.Â “They shot 25 free throws; we shot eight. That shows you a difference right there. That's one of our weaknesses.”
USC returns to the Galen Center for a Wednesday game against Oregon. The Trojans have lost nine straight to the Ducks.
Stanford goes on the road to play at Utah on Thursday. The Cardinal has won three straight against the Utes.