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Saturday, February 6, 2010
Halftime: USC 27, Stanford 26

By Pedro Moura

Halfway through the contest, neither Stanford nor USC is playing well.

Not even remotely well.

But behind 10 points and six rebounds from forward Nikola Vucevic, USC leads Stanford 27-26 at the break.

The Cardinal's Landry Fields leads all scorers with 14 points. Each team is shooting under 38 percent from the field. The teams have a collective 13 turnovers and 11 assists.

USC started off well, leading 22-9 at one point in the first half. But Stanford came roaring back to take a 23-22 lead, sparked by two unlikely 3-pointers from forward Jack Trotter.

Only four Stanford players have scored. All seven Trojans to play — including reserves Leonard Washington and Marcus Simmons — have scored.

Lakers general Mitch Kupchak and Clippers general manager Mike Dunleavy are in attendance — just below press row — scouting today's game. Kupchak appeared to be scouting Fields, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound Long Beach native.