LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Josh Childress was not about to let a perfect record go by the wayside in front of family and friends.
Childress obliterated his previous career high with 36 points as top-ranked Stanford remained unbeaten with a 76-67 triumph over Pac-10 Conference rival Southern California.
Childress never had scored more than 22 points in a game and entered this contest averaging just under 13 points. But the Cardinal power forward had 18 in the first half and made a series of clutch baskets down the stretch.
A Los Angeles native, Childress had his biggest basket with 2:47 to go, a 3-pointer that snapped a 65-65 tie. He followed with a layup 26 seconds later for a five-point advantage.
Childress had a huge night, making 12-of-15 shots, all nine of his free throws and grabbed 11 rebounds.
"I had it going a little bit tonight," Childress said. "I try to stay aggressive and that was kind of what we needed, we needed somebody to stay aggressive and I tried to take that personally. Then in the second half, everyone else kind of came in and we got a good win."
"Josh Childress is a pro, a first-round draft choice," USC coach Henry Bibby said. "There is not a lot you can do against him. He's one of the best players in the country."
Matt Lottich added 20 points for Stanford (22-0, 13-0 Pac-10), which has won six of seven road games against the Trojans.
"Nothing has been easy," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "Our first win was tough. Every time we play, we are reminded of how hard it is."
"Stanford is a very, very good team," Bibby added. "They do so many things well. But on a given night they can be beat."
Jeff McMillan led USC (10-13, 5-9) with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Rory O'Neil chipped in 14 points and three blocks off the bench.
Southern California put a scare into Stanford right from the start, racing to an 18-7 lead 7 1/2 minutes into the contest. The Cardinal battled back and drew within 20-19 with 8:02 left in the half but the Trojans responded with a 16-4 run.
The USC lead was 36-28 at the break but Lottich had seven points in an 18-4 run to open the second half. A jumper by Childress with just under 11 minutes to go put Stanford ahead 55-44 but again the Trojans answered, using a 16-5 spurt to draw even.
"I was fortunate that my shots were going in during the second half," Lottich said.
A jumper by McMillan with 3:15 to go knotted the game, 65-65, and set the stage for Childress' heroics down the stretch.
"(Josh) had it going, he really was terrific," Montgomery said. "Josh kept consistent, he just kept driving the ball and making some very difficult shots."