Trojans Record First Pac-10 Win Of Season

Jan. 15, 2005

By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. - Nick Young had a career-high 22 points and LodrickStewart scored 19 on Saturday night, leading Southern California to a 98-94 winover Arizona State that ended the Trojans' worst Pac-10 start in 16 years.

USC (8-9, 1-5) hadn't lost its first six conference games since going 0-12during the 1988-89 season. The Trojans snapped that skid with an 84-81 overtimewin over Arizona State in Tempe.

Gabriel Pruitt had all 14 points in the second half. Jeff McMillan scored 13and Nick Curtis 10 for the Trojans, and each had eight rebounds as USC won thebattle on the glass 34-30 - helping its effective fast break.

Young had 19 points in the second half, which USC started with a 46-41 lead.

Arizona State (13-4, 2-3) fought back to lead twice, only to fall behind andtake its second straight loss for the first time this season.

Serge Angounou led Arizona State with a career-high 20 points.

Kevin Kruger had 17 and Ike Diogu 15. Diogu also had five blocks, butmatched his season-low in points under the strain of incessant double-teamingand fouled out for the first time this season.

Angounou gave the Sun Devils a 58-56 lead with a reverse dunk with 10:59 toplay, and made two free throws 31 seconds later to negate a 3-pointer byPruitt.

McMillan made a hook shot as USC regained the lead for good, 61-60, at the10:15 mark, and Young had 11 points in the next 8 minutes while the Trojans ranto an 84-74 lead.

Interim coach Jim Saia kept Rory O'Neil, who had started every game, andPruitt, who had started 12 straight, on the bench for the first 6{ minutes, andthe Trojans still trailed just 15-14 after Stewart's third 3-pointer with 13:48remaining.

O'Neill then made his first three shots during a surge that lifted USC to a29-20 lead with 7:47 to go.

But the Sun Devils, with Diogu unable to get a clear shot, relied on otherplayers during a 13-4 run to tie it at 33 on a 3-pointer by Kruger, setting offanother run by the Trojans.

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