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Updated: Friday, February 6, 2004 2:35 AM EST
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(2) Stanford 81, Arizona St 51

PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- Rob Little's strong first-half performance helped second-ranked and unbeaten Stanford coast to an easy win.

Little scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the opening 20 minutes as the Cardinal posted an 81-51 victory over Pac-10 Conference rival Arizona State.

"It's just a mind set," Little said. "If we knew, we'd do it every time. There was a lot of emotion in this game. We couldn't afford to let down. When we feel threatened, we come together."

"I was really pleased with the game," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "The guys bought into the fact that we need to be aggressive and take it to them."

Stanford (19-0, 10-0 Pac-10) is tied with third-ranked St. Joseph's for the nation's longest current winning streak and is one win away from tying the 2000-01 squad for the best start in school history.

Ike Diogu had 14 points for Arizona State (8-11, 2-8), which has dropped three straight overall and 13 in a row against the Cardinal. The Sun Devils are now in last-place in the conference while the Cardinal sit comfortably in first.

"We just got a little stagnant in our zone and they took advantage," Diogu said. "But we hold ourselves accountable. We should have played better than this. I feel that we're tough. We just need to put together a solid 40-minute game. We haven't done that all season."

Stanford which won the first meeting between the teams this season, 63-62 on January 8, had a much easier time in the rematch. The Cardinal never trailed and used a 29-9 run to build a 40-19 lead with a minute left in the first half.

"Games are played in spurts," Montgomery added. "They couldn't score with us in the zone. We were making baskets and getting back in our zone."


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