Trojans Tame Lions, 67-50
Dec. 2, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lodrick Stewart had a season-high 21 points and Nick Young scored 18 as USC beat Loyola Marymount 67-50 Saturday night for its fifth straight win.
Stewart made six of nine 3-pointers and Young shot 8-for-15 from the field.
The Trojans (5-1) haven't lost since their season opener against South Carolina Nov. 16, but play their first road game against their first ranked opponent Monday against No. 5 Kansas.
Abdoulaye N'diaye shot 6-for-6 for 12 points and also had nine rebounds for USC.
Loyola Marymount (6-3) has lost two of three, with both losses coming to Pac-10 opponents. The Lions lost to California a week ago.
Matthew Knight led Loyola Marymount with 13 points and 13 rebounds, and Adoyah Miller had 11.
Up by just three to start the second half, the Trojans quickly took a double-digit lead when Young drove the length of the floor for a dunk and N'diaye made a turnaround layup to go up 40-30 with 16:30 to play.
Stewart later made two-straight 3-pointers to put USC up 48-36 with 9:55 to play.
The Trojans led by as many as 19 points, the Lions got no closer than eight.
A breakaway and dunk from Young gave USC its biggest lead 67-48 with just over a minute left.
The Trojans dominated teams like The Citadel and Mississippi Valley State during a six game season-opening homestand at its brand new on-campus arena, the $140 million Galen Center. They won their last four games by an average of 18 points.
USC opened the game with a 13-3 run after Stewart's 3-pointer with 15:43 to play in the half.
Stewart scored all 12 of his first-half points with 3s, going 4-for-5 from behind the arc.
The Trojans led by as many as 12, but Loyola Marymount pulled within one when Matthew Knight made a pair of free throws to make it 29-28 with 1:25 to play.