Trojans Surge Past Western Michigan, 81-74

Dec. 18, 2004

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Southern California snapped Western Michigan's six-gamewinning streak with an 81-74 victory Saturday.

Guard Lodrick Stewart scored 21 points, 15 of them in the first half, andforward Gregg Guenther added a career-high 20 points for the Trojans.

Southern Cal (4-3) never trailed. The Trojans opened a 35-18 lead late inthe first half, capitalizing on a 14-2 run in which Stewart had a pair of3-point baskets and Guenther made two layups.

They were ahead 15 points at halftime and held a double-digit lead for mostof the game.

Stanes Bufford led Western Michigan with 21 points. Levi Rost added 16points for the Broncos, who had won six straight after starting the season withconsecutive losses to New Mexico State and Portland.

Southern Cal played without senior guard Errick Craven, their fourth-leadingscorer with an average of 9 points. He was suspended for one game by interimcoach Jim Saia for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Trojans won for the second time in three games since Saia took over forHenry Bibby, who was fired Dec. 6 after nine years on the job.

The school hired former Utah coach Rick Majerus earlier in the week.Majerus, who had been doing college basketball commentary for ESPN this season,will assume the head coaching duties on April 1.

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