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Updated: Friday, February 14, 2003 1:53 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(24) Stanford 78, Washington 69
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PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- Julius Barnes scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half and Rob Little added 12 as 24th-ranked Stanford posted a 78-69 victory over Washington in a Pac-10 Conference matchup.

The Cardinal avenged their January 18 loss in Washington with their 10th consecutive home victory over the Huskies, who have not won in Palo Alto since the 1992-93 season.

Barnes made 9-of-18 shots from the floor, including 6-of-12 3-pointers, and 5-of-6 free throws. He led a dominant second-half effort by Stanford, which shot 54 percent (15-of-28) in the final 20 minutes.

The game was tied at 52-52 with 10:52 remaining before the Cardinal scored 15 of the next 17 points. Rob Little sparked the burst with a layup that gave Stanford the lead for good with 10:28 left.

Barnes followed with a jumper and closed the decisive stretch with three consecutive 3-pointers for a 67-54 cushion with 7:20 to go. He sank five free throws in the final 2:39 as the Cardinal held on for their sixth win in seven games.

Josh Childress had 11 points and eight rebounds and reserve Justin Davis added nine and six for Stanford (18-6, 9-3), which held a 34-21 rebounding advantage.

The Cardinal have won their first five conference home games and are 13-2 overall at Maples Pavilion this season.

Doug Wrenn scored 23 points as Washington (8-13, 3-9) lost for the eighth time in its last 10 games despite shooting 56 percent (28-of-50) from the floor.

Nate Robinson and Curtis Allen added 16 points apiece for the Huskies, who have lost seven of eight road games this season.

Barnes scored eight straight points in the first half to give Stanford a 28-16 lead with 8:27 remaining. Washington closed the half on a 22-7 run highlighted by eight points from Robinson and seven from Allen.

Robinson sank a layup with five seconds remaining to give the Huskies a 38-35 halftime edge. Washington shot 59 percent (16-of-27) in the opening 20 minutes.


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