SC Hangs On To Beat Alaska-Anchorage, 57-56

Nov. 26, 2005

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - RouSean Cromwell tipped in a missed free throw with 13 seconds left and USC hung on to defeat Alaska-Anchorage 57-56 Saturday for fourth place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

The Trojans' strong inside game - 26 points in the paint - barely overcame the Division II Seawolves' long-range shooting as Alaska-Anchorage (5-3) shot 9-for-14 from behind the arc.

The Trojans (2-2) led 51-49 when Alaska-Anchorage's Kemmy Burgess hit a long jump shot, a 3-pointer and two free throws to give the Seawolves a 56-51 lead with 4:02 remaining, their last points of the game.

As time wound down, Trojan point guard Ryan Francis intercepted an Alaska-Anchorage inbound pass and was fouled. He hit the front end of a one-and-one and Cromwell tipped in the missed second shot.

The Seawolves had one last chance but Burgess missed a jumper from the wing as time expired.

The Trojans had 11 turnovers and the Seawolves 12 in the first half but both teams shot over 50 percent and USC led 34-33 at the half.

Gabe Pruitt led the Trojans with 17 points and Young and Lodrick Stewart had 12 each.

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