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Stanford slips by California to end 2-game slide

A stern halftime talk from coach Mike Montgomery brought out Stanford's better half.

Stanford, 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half, came back with six 3s in the second and rallied to a 74-72 victory over California on Wednesday night.The win snapped a two-game slide by No. 9 Stanford (19-2, 8-2 Pac-10), which lost to No. 4 Arizona and Arizona State at Maples Pavilion last week after opening the season with a school-record 18 straight wins.

"It's not just another win. It's a big win," said Arthur Lee, who scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers in the second half.

"We had a little slump at home and we were still kind of slow in the first half.

"(Montgomery) was angry, very angry at halftime. We didn't come out with any emotion, but we knew we were only down by five even though we played horribly in the first half."

Tim Young had 17 points and 15 rebounds for Stanford, which remained unbeaten in seven road games. Weems added 16 points, including two 3-pointers in the second half and four free throws in the last 26 seconds as Stanford survived a season-high 21 turnovers to complete a season sweep of Cal (8-10, 4-6).

The win was critical for Stanford, especially since its next two games also are on the road - at No. 7 Connecticut on Saturday and at No. 6 UCLA on Feb. 12.

"In the first half we looked like we doubted ourselves and played a little tentatively," Montgomery said. "We had a discussion at halftime about what we needed to do, and the kids responded to that. We need to re-establish ourselves and gain some confidence."

NO. 3 KANSAS 83, IOWA ST. 62: The Jayhawks (25-3, 9-1 Big 12) reached the 25-win mark for the ninth straight season with their biggest win in Ames in 27 years.

Paul Pierce scored 19 points and Lester Earl 18 for Kansas, which took control with a 25-6 run in the second half. Raef LaFrentz, the Monona, Iowa, native playing in his home state for the final time, added 12 points - the fewest in the four games he has played since returning from a broken hand.

NO. 8 KENTUCKY 63, LSU 61: The Wildcats got their final points of the game on a basket by Wayne Turner with 2:37 to play, then held on to reach the 20-win mark for the 43rd time.

NO. 16 MICHIGAN ST. 84, OHIO ST. 58: Jason Klein scored a career-high 25 points, and the first-place Spartans (16-4, 9-1 Big Ten) continued their best conference start ever.