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Trojans Drop 7th Straight, Lose At Stanford, 80-59

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USC loses to Stanford, but at least made the Cardinal bleed for it.

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Leading scorer and rebounder Byron Wesley, presumably, sat and watched his USC Trojans fall at Stanford, 80-59, Thursday night. That might have been punishment enough for whatever rule he violated.

Of course, since the game was on the Pac-12 Networks, Wesley might have been the fortunate one that was unable to watch USC basketball drop its seventh straight game.

Without Wesley, who didn't make the trip to the Bay Area after being suspended for a violation of team rules, USC turned the ball over 18 times (12 by the starting guards) and struggled to score points, even when Stanford started cold in an ugly first half.

Unlike USC's recent opponents, the Stanford Cardinal shot just 1-for 13 from beyond the arc in the first half (and 29 percent overall from the field), but the Trojans couldn't take advantage. Instead, USC trailed 32-23 at halftime after shooting only 35 percent itself.

The first half was so unwatchable, during the halftime break, the Pac-12 Networks crew broke down the headband usage of Stanford's Dwight Powell, who had to get stitches behind his ear after a loose-ball collision with Strahinja Gavrilovic's teeth caused him to bleed significantly.

USC making Stanford bleed was about the only highlight in the first half.

The shooting improved in the second half...well at least for the Cardinal, who shot 53 percent after the break. After missing its first shot, Stanford made 9-of-10, but the Trojans stuck close, trailing by 11.

With 8:20 remaining, USC basketball was still within striking distance, trailing 59-47. That's when Stanford put the game away with a 13-0 run.

Pe'Shon Howard led USC with 13 points while Julian Jacobs scored 11 points and grabbed eight boards. Chasson Randle had a game-high 18 points while Josh Huestis had a double-double, set a career high with 18 rebounds and had three blocks to overtake Tim Young for the Stanford career record.

USC basketball will be without Wesley again on Sunday when it takes on Cal at 5 p.m. PST. Someone will have to step up and make some contributions or the Trojans will be looking at an eighth-straight loss.