LOS ANGELES – Coming off its most embarrassing loss of the season and going against the one Pacific-10 Conference team it had been dominated by, USC had plenty of support Thursday. Football coach Pete Carroll pumped up the team with a pep talk before the game and Denzel Washington celebrated with them in the locker room after a 69-65 victory over Stanford in front of 9,560 fans at Galen Center. “Pete Carroll came in, got us pumped up and we fed off that energy,” said Nick Young, who led USC with 22 points. “We went out there and tried to play like the football team.” With the victory, USC (20-8, 10-5) moved out of a third-place tie with the Cardinal and avenged its worst Pac-10 loss of the season. The Trojans hadn’t lost consecutive games this season and were following a defeat to Arizona State – previously winless in 14 conference games – making it intriguing to see how USC would fare against a Stanford team that beat it by 15 points in Palo Alto. “That game just made us wake up,” Lodrick Stewart said of the Sun Devils loss. “If we don’t come and play every night, that can happen.” USC made it to 20 victories for the 16th time in the program’s 100-year history and first since the 2001-02 season – the last time the Trojans made the NCAA Tournament. At Stanford last month, the Cardinal raced out to a 12-2 lead and beat USC by 15 points. This time, Young got the Trojans off to a hot start by scoring nine of the team’s first 11 points – including an incredible reverse layup. RouSean Cromwell made his second start of the season at forward to help match up with Stanford’s 7-foot twin towers of Brook and Robin Lopez. Brook dominated USC inside in Palo Alto with 12 blocked shots. Cromwell set the tone early that the Trojans wouldn’t be pushed around again, making two blocks of his own. Pruitt started the team off well in the second half, dishing to Cromwell for a dunk then hitting a 3-pointer to put USC ahead 41-30 two minutes in. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!