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Davis' turnover-free game lifts Cardinal

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- There were about four minutes left when
Stanford assistant coach Russell Turner told Justin Davis he had no
turnovers and he'd better keep it that way.

No problem.

"That's all I wanted to do," Davis said. "I was kind of
surprised I didn't have any turnovers. I'm averaging six."

Davis scored a season-high 21 points and unbeaten and
13th-ranked Stanford snapped UNLV's four-game winning streak,
defeating the Runnin' Rebels 86-71 on Saturday.

Davis, three points shy of his career high, and Rob Little
dominated the paint in only the third meeting between the schools
and Stanford's first home game since beating Sacramento State on
Nov. 22.

Davis, a senior forward, received a warm ovation when he left
the game with 1:52 remaining. He also had 10 rebounds, three
assists and only one foul in arguably the most effective game of
his career. He was 9-for-10 from the field.

"I just slowed it down a notch," he said. "I realized by
looking at film that I was going too aggressively to the basket
most of the time."

Little added eight points and five rebounds and Matt Lottich had
17 points and six assists for the scrappy Cardinal (5-0), who held
a 38-18 rebounding edge.

Romel Beck had 17 points and J.K. Edwards added 12 for the
Runnin' Rebels (5-2), whose only other loss was 74-62 to Nevada on
Nov. 24.

Stanford was sharp in its first game since a 64-58 win over
then-No. 1 Kansas at last weekend's John Wooden Classic. The
Cardinal shot 56.6 percent and outhustled UNLV to loose balls.

Stanford played without sophomore point guard and leading scorer
Chris Hernandez, who has been bothered by back spasms. Jason Haas
started in his place and shot an airball from 3-point range early
in the first half but overall was effective running the show. He
finished with six points and five assists.

"He came in and they didn't miss a beat," UNLV coach Charlie
Spoonhour said. "Stanford is big and strong and they have a very
economical game. They don't try to do anything outrageous out
there."

After UNLV pulled within 10 midway through the second half,
Stanford got a lift from reserve forward Matt Haryasz with eight
straight points in a 10-2 run. Haryasz, a sophomore, finished with
a career-high 10 points in 13 minutes -- but did most of his scoring
in a 3½-minute span.

The Cardinal's pressure man-to-man defense led to steals,
transition baskets and poor passes by the Rebels -- the same defense
that flustered Kansas. The Jayhawks, who dropped to No. 5 in this
week's poll after the loss, shot 36.7 percent to Stanford's 32.7
percent.

Stanford used quick ball movement to pound it inside and got
consecutive easy hoops from Davis and Little to go ahead 34-23 with
4:11 left in the first half. Davis' three-point play 2:54 before
halftime gave Stanford a 15-point lead.

"Justin certainly is capable of playing like that," Stanford
coach Mike Montgomery said. "He got his confidence early. We just
want him to get consistent with that kind of performance."

UNLV ended the first half with three straight 3-pointers to pull
within 44-35.

Josh Childress, a junior forward and the team's top returning
scorer from last season, has a stress reaction in his left foot and
hasn't played yet this season. He's expected back by early January,
when the Pac-10 season begins.

"It's definitely a great feeling we can be this good without
Josh," Davis said. "And we're going to be even better once he
gets here."

Stanford has another big test coming up: a date with No. 17
Gonzaga in next weekend's Pete Newell Challenge. The Bulldogs beat
No. 3 Missouri 87-80 in overtime Saturday.