TEMPE, Arizona (Ticker) -- This time, Josh Childress waited a few more seconds to break Arizona State's heart.
Childress scored on a follow shot with nine seconds left as sixth-ranked Stanford remained unbeaten by holding on for a 63-62 Pac-10 Conference victory over the Sun Devils.
Stanford (12-0, 3-0 Pac-10) extended its winning streak against Arizona State to 12 games. Last season, Childress scored on a follow shot over Sun Devils star Ike Diogu with 40 seconds to go for a 58-57 victory here.
"Coach (Mike Montgomery) said, 'Do you think they will ever box you out at the end of the game?'" Childress said. "It was practically the same thing."
Arizona State (6-5, 0-2) tried building on a 62-61 lead, but Jason Braxton, a 45 percent foul shooter, missed a 1-and-1 opportunity with 21 seconds left.
The Cardinal pushed the ball upcourt and Chris Hernandez found Justin Davis down low. Davis missed an easy layup, but the athletic 6-8 Childress soared in to gently lay in his game-winner.
"In that situation, it is do or die, you have to crash the boards," Childress said. "There was about 10 seconds and it would have done me no good to wait outside."
After a timeout, the Sun Devils had one final chance, but Braxton missed badly on a short jumper with four seconds to go. Davis grabbed the rebound and had the ball taken away by Arizona State's Serge Angounou, who lost it as time expired.
Angounou, Diogu and Arizona State coach Rob Evans all raced toward the officials to protest that Davis fouled Angounou.
"The ref raised his hand and called a foul and backed out of it," Evans said. "That shouldn't happen."
Childress collected 14 points and 11 rebounds in his third game back after missing the first nine with a stress reaction in his left foot. The preseason Wooden Award candidate showed no ill effects in this one, repeatedly using his long arms and athleticism to score around the basket.
"Josh, two years in a row he got the rebound and put it back in," said Stanford guard Matt Lottich, who had 18 points and six assists. "He must like this building. He is instant offense coming off the bench."
The Cardinal used a 22-2 run to build a 35-19 lead on Lottich's layup with 4:09 left before halftime. They held a 37-24 bulge at the break.
Braxton scored all of his 13 points in the second half to help the Sun Devils rally. Arizona State did not score again after Jamal Hill nailed his only basket of the game, a 3-pointer with 2:26 to go that opened a 62-59 advantage.
Diogu managed 13 points due to constant double-teaming for Arizona State, which has dropped nine in a row at home against Stanford.