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Davis returns from injury with 21-point outing

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Justin Davis made his first start since
tearing a knee ligament in early January and scored 21 points as
No. 24 Stanford beat Washington State 72-54 Saturday.

Josh Childress added 15 points for the Cardinal (19-6, 10-3
Pac-10), who trailed for much of the first half despite holding the
Cougars (5-17, 0-13) without a basket for the opening 6½ minutes of
the game.

It was the 13th straight loss for Washington State, which has
lost all 10 of its road games this season and 19 straight
conference games. The Cougars have lost 14 straight to Stanford.

Jerry McNair had 14 of his 21 points in the first half for
Washington State.

Stanford has excelled this season against top teams -- the
Cardinal have four wins over ranked teams, including a road victory
at No. 1 Arizona last month -- but often has struggled against
lesser opponents.

Among the Cardinal's losses this season are home defeats to
Montana and Richmond.

Leading by eight points at halftime, Stanford scored the opening
13 points of the second half -- holding the Cougars scoreless for
5:48 -- to open a 48-27 lead. Washington State never got closer than
16 points the rest of the game.

Stanford's biggest lead was 22 points.

Davis, who tore a ligament in his left knee during the second
half of a game at California on Jan. 4, came within three points of
his career high. His scoring included a pair of big dunks,
including one off a rebound during the Cardinal's big run to start
the second half.

But Julius Barnes, who averaged 31 points in his previous two
games, was held to eight points on 2-of-12 shooting for Stanford.

Thomas Kelati had 13 points for the Cougars, including three
3-pointers.

The Cougars did not hit a shot until Kelati's 3-pointer with
13:29 left in the first half. They missed their first six shots and
had five turnovers in the opening 6:31.

But Stanford appeared lulled by Washington State's deliberate
offense, struggling from the field and failing to take advantage of
the Cougars' early sloppiness.

Washington State led by as many as four points midway through
the first half and trailed by just two points with three minutes
before halftime. But the Cardinal finished the half with an 8-2 run
to take a 35-27 halftime lead.

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