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Stanford at USC: Tree Up, Tree Down

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Here's a look at three good and three bad things from Stanford's 59-47 win at USC.

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Chasson Randle

Despite committing five turnovers against one assist, Randle scored a team-high 16 points in Thursday's 72-61 loss at UCLA. He didn't exactly pick up where he left off, being held scoreless in the first half, but finished with 16 points and made 4-of-5 his 3-point attempts against the Trojans. Randle is 7-of-10 from beyond the arc in his last two games.

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Josh Owens

Owens was his usual efficient self, scoring 15 points on 8 shots. The Trojans did everything they could to deny Owens the ball inside and Stanford made them pay, for a change, when he passed out of the double team.

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Winning in LA

There's a monkey looking for a back to hop on after Stanford won a regular season game in Los Angeles for the first time since 2005. The Cardinal's 45-19 rebounding advantage sure helped.

Offense

This was a dreadful game to watch, particularly the first half. USC, which shot 31% for the game, went more than 10 minutes without a field goal. After the Trojans made three consecutive field goals in the second half, the announcers, who referred to Kevin O'Neill's squad as "offensively challenged", were practically giddy. "We're not cheering for the Trojans," Steve Physioc assured his audience. "We're cheering for offense."


Turnovers

The game would've been even more lopsided if Stanford had done a better job taking care of the ball. The Cardinal committed 18 turnovers, including 10 in the first half. USC turned the ball over 9 times.

FT Shooting

This is nitpicking, but the Cardinal was a mediocre 9-of-14 from the free throw line.