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Humphrey scores 18 as Stanford holds off Fultz, Washington

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Humphrey scores 18 as Stanford holds off Fultz, Washington

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Michael Humphrey needs to play with a chip on his shoulder. That's how he described his play during a critical part of the game.

Humphrey scored eight of his 18 points in the final 3:36 to help Stanford avoid a second-half collapse and beat Washington 76-69 on Saturday night.

"I've played that way in stretches this season," Humphrey said. "Somebody hit my arm and it got me upset. I have to have that kind of attitude."

The Cardinal (10-8, 2-4 Pac-12) scored 11 straight and closed the game on a 13-6 run. The Huskies (8-9, 1-4) rallied from a 45-24 deficit to tie it at 63 on David Crisp's 3-pointer with 4:15 left.

"He's good when he plays angry," Cardinal coach Jarod Haase said.

Crisp finished with 10 points and Markelle Fultz scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half for the Huskies. Fultz was 10 of 17 in the half as he reached his third 30-point game of his career and the first since scoring a season-best 35 against Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 17.

"He got good looks and started shooting over everybody," Haase said. "We all know he's a heck of a player."

Fultz made a pair of free throws with 12:26 remaining to play to pull the Huskies within 51-43 of Stanford. A little more than a minute later, a Fultz steal and ensuing layup made it 54-49, forcing a Cardinal timeout.

"We scraped and scrapped our way back into the game and gave ourselves a chance to win," Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said. "The frustrating part is knowing that we came out flat in the first half and dug ourselves such a hole."

Marcus Allen scored a season-high 15 points and Humphrey grabbed 10 rebounds for Stanford, which played the final 25 minutes without leading scorer Reid Travis. Robert Cartwright and Dorian Pickens each added 13 points.

Washington made 9 of 18 shots coming out of the intermission while the Cardinal missed 11 of 13 to open the second half.

"That's a total collapse of the offense," Haase said. "We were getting out of the flow and that carried over to defense."

Stanford made seven straight shots during a 17-4 run that put the Cardinal ahead by 15 in the final four minutes of the first half.

The Cardinal made 16 of their first 25 shots and finished 60 percent for the half. The Huskies' 24 first-half points were their second fewest in a half this season.

BIG PICTURE:
Washington: Despite the rocky start to the Huskies' conference season, freshman Markelle Fultz continues to showcase his all-around game. He entered the game with 100 assists in 16 games, the second-fastest to 100 at Washington. He needs to average 3.4 assists a game (he's averaging 6.3) to match the freshman record of 151. He's also the second-leading freshman scorer in the nation. Senior team captain Malik Dime missed his second straight game with a broken finger on his right hand.

Stanford: The Cardinal won their second straight after a 0-4 start to the Pac-12 slate. Junior forward Reid Travis left the court with 5:39 remaining in the first half and was escorted straight the locker room. He was favoring his right side after hitting the floor hard when he was fouled trying to score. Travis missed two games recently with a right shoulder injury and was cleared to play in time for Thursday's game against Washington State.

ON REID TRAVIS:
Stanford coach Jarod Haase said that Travis suffered another right shoulder injury and will be "evaluated day to day."

The Cardinal missed his presence during the second half.

"You never want to see a teammate get injured like that," Humphrey said. "It was a weird situation. It was a crazy start to the second half. We can't let that affect us."

Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar said Travis' absence led to a different approach.

"With him in the game, it's very difficult to switch him, because you don't want a smaller guy on him. He will really make you pay for it," Romar said. "We had to be more conservative with him in the game. When he was out of the game, we could go more creative."

UP NEXT:
Washington: The Huskies host Colorado on Wednesday.

Stanford: The Cardinal visit Oregon State on Thursday.

From feeding homeless to doing the splits, Stanford's Phillips a rare find

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From feeding homeless to doing the splits, Stanford's Phillips a rare find

Stanford has a penchant for recruiting the overachieving student-athlete. Even among those standards, Harrison Phillips is a rare find. The senior defensive tackle helps feed the homeless every Friday morning at a local shelter. He often visits the kids in the oncology ward at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. He was named to the Pac-12 All Academic First Team and will graduate in December with a double major and a minor. He is a team captain and heir apparent to Solomon Thomas, the 49ers third overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.

“One thing you love about Harrison is, every day he’s going to get something done,” head coach David Shaw told NBC Sports Bay Area. “On the field, off the field, in the community, he’s always got a million things going on. But nothing ever suffers.

"He does everything at a high level.”

At 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, Phillips is a mountain of a man. His skill set is different than that of Thomas, but he can be just as disruptive. He plays over the center. He plays over the guards. His self-proclaimed job is to eat as many blocks as possible to keep the linebackers free.

“He’s such that hard point for us. He’s that guy up front that’s getting knock back, that force in the run game that you gotta have,” defensive coordinator Lance Anderson explained. “You have to have that strong solid point in the middle of your defense, and he provides that.”

Phillips had a game-high 11 tackles, five of them solo, in the Cardinal’s loss to USC. No other defensive lineman on the field had more than three.

“He’s outstanding against the run. He’s a very good pass rusher,” Shaw added. “He’s got a lot of tools that can work inside.”

Phillips main instruments of domination are strength, knowledge of leverage and abnormal flexibility for a man of his size.

“He can do the splits on command,” Thomas said laughing from in front of his locker after a recent 49ers practice. “He loves showing it off. We get on him for it. But he loves doing it.

And, according to Thomas, his former Stanford teammate loves to bench. So it comes as no surprise that Phillips’ upper body strength stands out.

“He’ll be really low in a position that you think he’d get knocked over in,” Thomas explained. “Because of how flexible he is, it’s not a problem for him to get in that position and stay there and move on from there. It definitely shows up on his film.”

No doubt, Phillips says, that ability comes from his wrestling experience. His high school curriculum vitae includes, “Nebraska State Wrestling Champion, Heavy Weight Division, Sophomore, Junior and Senior years.”

Phillips first year on The Farm, he vividly remembers his Stanford coaches testing him. Just a mere 245 pounds at the time, they put him up against Joshua Garnett and Andrus Peat, two offensive linemen now in the NFL and each well over 300 pounds.

“They’d double team me, almost 700 pounds on you, and I would somehow find leverage and be able to sit on some of those double teams,” Phillips said. “I think the violence that wrestling brings, and balance and being comfortable in weird positions, wrestling has a ton of scrambling, as it's called, you just know your body and know what you can do. I have tremendous flexibility, and I use everything to my advantage.”

One thing Phillips is not allowed to do is use his explosiveness away from the football field. At one time, Phillips could do a back flip off the wall, but he no longer attempts it.

“I’m not a big fan of the back hand springs,” Shaw said. “I’d like for him to stay on his feet.”

Phillips doesn’t argue. He lost his entire sophomore year to a knee injury, and doesn’t want to risk another. He has NFL aspirations and put himself in position to graduate in three-and-a-half years should he choose to enter the 2018 draft. But just as he has done at Stanford, he is looking to be more than just a name on a jersey should he play on a professional level.

“I want to build something that is really lasting,” Phillips said of his life goal, “and put my name on something to touch people’s lives and change people’s lives, pay it forward as much as I can.”

No. 6 USC routs No. 14 Stanford for 11th straight win

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No. 6 USC routs No. 14 Stanford for 11th straight win

LOS ANGELES  — Steven Mitchell and Deontay Burnett caught two touchdown passes apiece from Sam Darnold, and No. 6 Southern California extended its winning streak to 11 games with a bruising 42-24 victory over No. 14 Stanford on Saturday night.

Darnold went 21 of 26 with 316 yards passing for the Trojans (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12), who snapped their three-game losing streak in this California private-school rivalry. USC racked up 623 total yards and won the first Pac-12 game of the new season by beating the hard-nosed Cardinal (1-1, 0-1) at their own physical game.

Ronald Jones II rushed for 116 yards and scored a touchdown in his ninth consecutive game as USC excelled at Stanford's traditional strengths, running the ball for 307 yards and controlling both lines of scrimmage. Turnovers and penalties by the Trojans kept it fairly close, but freshman Stephen Carr added 119 yards rushing, and Jones cartwheeled into the end zone with a clinching 23-yard TD run with 4:15 to play.

Keller Chryst passed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryce Love had a 75-yard TD run among his 160 yards rushing for the Cardinal, who hadn't played since their season-opening win over Rice in Australia last month.

After a scoreless third quarter, USC made a 90-yard scoring drive capped by Mitchell's second TD on a feathery 11-yard TD pass by Darnold with 9:42 to play. Stanford stayed close with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside's TD catch with 6:41 to play, but Jones' incredible second TD run capped a smooth 75-yard drive in USC's 11th consecutive win at the Coliseum.

Stanford had won eight of its last 11 meetings with USC in a dominant stretch that began with its historic 2007 upset victory at the Coliseum.

After USC scored 49 points in its season opener, Darnold's offense again was in fine form from the start. USC scored four touchdowns on five lengthy drives in the first half, with Darnold hitting Burnett for two of his three TD passes.

USC moved 74 yards on two plays late in the half to take a 28-17 lead on Burnett's leaping 25-yard TD grab.

THE TAKEAWAY

Stanford: That 62-point performance in the season opener Down Under was impossible to replicate against a top Pac-12 defense, and the Cardinal's offense will know it must add versatility to the attack. Stanford's defense also had big problems at the line of scrimmage, and that isn't a problem with which the Cardinal have much experience.

USC: This talent-laden offense has appeared to have the makings of a juggernaut so far. Darnold returned to 2016 form with a smooth, poised performance against a vaunted conference opponent, while the Trojans' receivers appear to be much more reliable than coach Clay Helton feared. USC's defense also stepped up after halftime and shut down one of the Pac-12's best.

UP NEXT

Stanford: The Cardinal's three-game stretch away from home to open the season concludes at San Diego State.

USC: The Trojans welcome Texas to the Coliseum for a meeting of two powerhouse programs.