PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- The law of averages favored Stanford in this one.
Julius Barnes scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half as the 21st-ranked Cardinal avoided a third straight loss with an 84-57 rout of UC-Irvine.
Stanford (6-3) finished last in its own tournament by losing to Montana and Richmond. The Cardinal had not dropped three straight since the 1996-97 season and had not los three in a row at home since the 1969-70 campaign.
Barnes nailed three 3-pointers and Matt Lottich scored the other five points in a 14-2 run that gave the Cardinal the lead for good at 20-8 with just over 12 minutes left before halftime. Barnes' jumper established a 38-22 halftime bulge.
A basket by Barnes opened the second half and triggered a 17-3 run. Barnes scored seven points and Joe Kirchofer threw in a hook to cap it and build a 55-25 advantage.
Greg Ethington scored 13 points for UC-Irvine (3-3), which fell to 0-4 all-time against Stanford. The Anteaters had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Barnes shot 4-of-6 from beyond the arc as Stanford made 61 percent (11-of-18) of its 3-pointers. Josh Childress added three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal, who shot a season-high 67 percent (29-of-43).
Stanford clicked at a sizzling 71 percent (15-of-21) in the first half as Barnes made 7-of-8 shots. UC-Irvine shot just 31 percent (9-of-29) before halftime.
No starter for Stanford played more than 29 minutes. Rob Little was the third Cardinal starter in double figures with 11 points.
Freshman Dan Grunfeld, the son of former Tennessee star and NBA player Ernie Grunfeld, made all four shots off the bench for 12 points as Stanford's reserves totaled 22 points.
Jordan Harris was the only other Anteater in double figures with 12 points. Adam Parada, who was averaging 13.8 points per game, had seven before fouling out.
UC-Irvine guard Jeff Gloger had a career-high seven steals.
The Anteaters were playing for the first time since a 91-23 rout of Pomona-Pitzer on December 7.