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Updated: Saturday, January 3, 2004 2:07 AM EST
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(7) Stanford 73, Washington St 51

PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- Josh Childress made a solid season debut as seventh-ranked Stanford won its 15th straight game against Washington State, 73-51, in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both clubs.

Childress, who had been sidelined with a stress fracture in his left foot, had 10 points and Justin Davis led the Cardinal with 13.

"I could have been more effective, that's how I have to look at it," Childress said. "But I was pleased with the way I played. I'm not hesitant. I may be a little bit slower, but I force myself to be aggressive."

An All-American candidate, Childress had missed Stanford's first nine games. The Cardinal also were without coach Mike Montgomery, who sat out the contest while serving a one-game suspension.

Montgomery was hit with the first suspension of his Pac-10 coaching career for making contact with an official during a game against Arizona State late last season. Assistant Tony Fuller ran the team as Montgomery missed his first game in 18 seasons.

"Our guys are so well-drilled, even though they know their leader isn't here, they still do their jobs exactly the way they're coached," Fuller said. "We have, obviously, very intelligent young men out there."

Stanford (10-0, 1-0 Pac-10) is 10-1 in its past 11 conference openers and has not lost to the Cougars since the 1995-96 season.

Marcus Moore led the Cougars (6-5, 0-1) with 15 points as they lost their eighth straight game at Maples Pavilion.

Rob Little had 10 points and seven rebounds and Matt Lotich added 10 and seven assists for Stanford. The Cardinal never trailed and the Cougars never got closer than 10 points in the second half of coach Dick Bennett's Pac-10 debut.

"They don't give you anything on defense," Bennett said. "They were dominating on the glass. Of course, we labor to score and rebound, and those are two fairly important facets of the game."


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