Trojans Defeat Oregon State in Overtime Thriller, 72-70
Jan. 26, 2006
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Nick Young hit a 17-footer with 0.8 seconds left to give USC a 72-70 overtime win over Oregon State Thursday night.
Young made 10 of 16 shots and had 19 of his 25 points in the first half for the Trojans (13-6, 4-4 Pacific-10). Lodrick Stewart added 18 points.
Chris Stephens and Nick DeWitz had 16 points apiece for the Beavers (10-9, 3-5).
The score was tied at 70 when Stephens made two free throws with 14.9 seconds left. With 7 seconds left, Young got the ball at the top of the key, started to drive, then pulled up and swished the shot while falling away.
Center Abdoulaye N'diaye had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans, who surpassed last season's 12 wins with the victory.
Sasa Cuic had 13 points and Jason Fontenet had 11 off the bench for the Beavers, whose last three losses have come in the final seconds.
Oregon State went up 10-0 to start the game but grew cold in a turnover-plagued first half. USC went on a 16-2 run to take the lead and increased the advantage as leading-scorer Young heated up. Young made 7 of 8 first half shots as the Trojans, who shot 56 percent, took a 38-29 lead into halftime.
The Beavers regained the lead when Marcel Jones made the first of two free throws and DeWitz tipped in the miss on the second to make it 52-49.
Stephens and Cuic hit 3-pointers to put Oregon State ahead 60-59 with 2:05 to play, but Gabe Pruitt, who been quiet throughout the game, countered with a 3-pointer with 1:38 left.
N'diaye made one of two free throws to make it 63-60 for the Trojans, but Stephens buried an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with 28.7 seconds left.
USC played for the final shot, but Pruitt's 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed and the game went to overtime.
The Trojans entered the game having lost three of their last four, including 66-45 to UCLA last weekend.
Pruitt, averaging 16 points a game, had 10 points and six assists.