3-Points: Stanford 80, USC 59

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Without leading scorer Byron Wesley, who was suspended for violating team rules, the Trojans fell to the Cardinal.

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Byron Wesley has been the brightest spot on the roster this season, but without their leading scorer, the Trojans had no one to step into the spotlight.  USC shot just 36% from the field scoring 59 points, the second lowest output of the season.  "You take your leading scorer and your leading rebounder out of the game, it hurts," head coach Andy Enfield said. "It is an opportunity for some of our players these two games to play more."  Wesley did not make the trip to the Bay Area, so he will miss Sunday's game at Cal as well.

Staying Active

Wesley is also USC's leading rebounder, but freshman Julian Jacobs picked up the slack there grabbing 8 boards.  Overall, Jacobs was the most active Trojan filling up the stat sheet with 11 points, 3 assists and 4 turnovers. "Julian is very talented.  He plays so hard.  Sometimes he plays too fast," said Enfield.  "We're sticking with him.  He's going to be a great player in this league."  

Glassy Eyed

Despite Jacobs' activity, Stanford's biggest advantage came on the boards as the Cardinal pulled down 18 offensive rebounds.  Senior Josh Huestis had a remarkable 18 total boards on his own.  "Stanford is one of the bigger teams in the league, and we are one of the smaller teams, especially at some of the key positions" said Enfield. "They rebound out of their area extremely well, and they go get balls."  The Cardinal made only 2 of 19 from three, but the second and third chances led to 36 points in the paint.

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USC just can't seem to put together a long-term decent program in men's basketball.

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