Men's Basketball

    Jan. 15, 1998

    Trojans Fall at Stanford, 99-62

    AP Sports Writer

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Fifteen was the magic number for No. 7 Stanford as it tied or set three school records in a lopsided win over Southern California.

    Arthur Lee and Kris Weems had 15 points each as the Cardinal hit 15 3-pointers while improving to 15-0 with a 99-62 win over the Trojans on Thursday night.

    The 15 straight wins at the start of the season set a school mark. The 15 3-pointers tied a school record.

    Pete Van Elswyk added 14 points and 12 rebounds as Stanford, one of just two undefeated teams in Div. I, also set a school record by winning its 19th straight home game. The Cardinal have not lost at Maples Pavilion since Feb. 22, 1996.

    With North Carolina losing on Wednesday, Stanford now has the longest winning streak in the nation. The only other undefeated school is Utah, which improved to 14-0 with a win over Colorado State on Thursday night.

    Jarvis Turner had 15 points for Southern California (6-9 overall, 2-3 Pac-10), which had its two-game winning streak snapped. The 99 points were the most allowed in a game by the Trojans this season, and the 62 points scored by Southern California were a season low.

    Stanford was 15-of-31 on 3-pointers, a 48 percent success rate - better than its 47 percent on all field goals in the game. Coach Mike Montgomery said he had no idea his team had tied a school mark.

    "We don't have a record mobile on the bench," he said. "All I knew is that we were getting good looks and shooting well."

    The Cardinal also dominated inside, especially in the first half. Stanford, which is 4-0 in Pac-10 play, outrebounded Southern California 52-28 and held a 22-6 advantage on the offensive end.

    "When our big guys dominate the way they did in the first half, it makes it a lot easier for Art and me later on," Weems said. "We had good looks from the outside, and sometimes shooting is contagious."

    The 37-point margin was the biggest by Stanford at home over Southern California. The previous most lopsided Cardinal win over the Trojans at Stanford was a 99-69 victory in 1996 in coach Henry Bibby's first game with Southern Cal.

    "We were never in the game against Stanford," Bibby said. "That team does not make mistakes. They outmanned us up front, and I haven't seen too many teams shoot from the outside like that."

    Stanford, which hosts No. 8 UCLA on Saturday, had never before won its first 15 games in a season. The previous mark was 14 straight wins at the start of the 1936-37 season, a streak that ended with a loss to Southern California.

    The school's longest winning streak is 17 games, in the 1937-38 and 1938-39 seasons.

    The 19 straight home wins by Stanford surpass the previous school mark of 18 bridging the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.

    Lee had 12 points, all on 3-pointers, as the Cardinal took a 50-32 halftime lead. Stanford led by as many as 24 points in the first half and had 14 offensive rebounds to just three for the Trojans in the half.

    Stanford, which has won eight of its last 10 against the Trojans, was never threatened in the second half.