Stewart Shines As USC Handles California, 83-66
Jan. 21, 2005
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lodrick Stewart scored seven of his 23 points during adecisive second-half run, and Southern California beat short-handed California83-66 Thursday night.
Stewart, a sophomore averaging nearly 15 points, has scored 20 or more sixtimes this season and eight in his career. He also had season-high totals ofseven rebounds and four steals as the Trojans (9-9, 2-5 Pac-10), who won theirsecond straight following a five-game losing streak.
Errick Craven, still recovering from a sprained right ankle, scored 12points and freshman Gabe Pruitt added 11 points and four assists for USC. JeffMcMillan had 11 rebounds to go with eight points for the Trojans.
Marquise Kately scored 12 points for California (8-8, 1-5), which lost itsfourth in a row and fifth in six games following a 7-3 start. Kately wentscoreless in two of his previous three games and shot 0-for-8 in a 74-58 lossto Stanford last Saturday.
David Paris added 11 points, Eric Vierneisel had 10 and freshman Eric KevinLangford scored a career-high nine for the Golden Bears.
The win was just USC's fifth in the last 16 games between the schools.
The Bears played without Richard Midgley and Dominic McGuire. Midgley,averaging a team-leading 15.1 points, sat out because of a sprained rightshoulder. McGuire, averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds, was benched forviolating a team rule.
Stewart made a 3-pointer and two baskets; Pruitt added six points, and RoryO'Neil scored four during a 17-4 spurt that gave the Trojans a 61-49 leadmidway through the second half.
The Bears weren't closer than 10 points after that.
Cal, using a lineup of players who had combined for 14 of a possible 75starts previously and averaging 26.1 points, jumped out to a 14-3 lead. Parishad six points and the other four starters two each at that stage.
O'Neil made a 3-pointer to trigger a 17-5 run, giving the Trojans a 20-19lead. Stewart added two more 3-pointers during the spurt.
Neither team led by more than four points during the remainder of the firsthalf, which ended with the Bears on top 35-33.
Cal shot 15-of-29 to USC's 9-of-27 in the opening 20 minutes, but theTrojans were 11-of-13 from the foul line while the Bears were 3-of-8.
USC shot 17-of-32 (53.1 percent) in the second half to finish at 44.1percent. Cal shot 42.3 percent after halftime to finish at 47.3 percent. Butthe Bears were just 10-of-24 from the foul line while the Trojans were21-of-26.