Trojans Fall Short Against Jayhawks
Dec. 4, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush had 13 points each and 12th-ranked Kansas rebounded from its second loss of the season with a 72-62 victory over Southern California on Monday night.
The Jayhawks (7-2), coming off a 64-57 loss at DePaul on Saturday, won despite shooting 38 percent (24-for-63) from the field.
USC (5-2) has held its first seven opponents under 40 percent shooting.
Sherron Collins and Darnell Jackson added 11 points each and Julian Wright finished with 10 for Kansas, which didn't lead by double digits until Russell Robinson hit two free throws in the closing seconds.
Lodrick Stewart, whose twin brother, Rodrick, is a reserve guard for the Jayhawks, scored 23 points for the Trojans and kept hitting timely shots every time Kansas threatened to pull away in a sloppy first half. Stewart was less effective in the second half, though, after getting poked in the eye.
Taj Gibson added 15 points for USC.
Kansas led by as many as seven points in a back-and-forth first half that saw seven lead changes, and the Jayhawks were up 37-33 at the break. The Jayhawks took the lead for good, 30-28, on Collins' 3-pointer with 3:45 left in the half.
Lodrick Stewart went down hard 3 minutes into the second half, after getting poked in the right eye by Robinson. Stewart came back in 2 1/2 minutes later - but after scoring 17 points in the first half, he didn't connect again until his 3-pointer with 11:26 left got USC within 54-28.
After that, he didn't score again until just over 2 minutes were left, when his last 3 cut the Jayhawks' lead to 67-62. But Rush answered with a basket at the other end, making it 69-62, and the Trojans went scoreless the rest of the way.
The foul on Robinson was one of six called against the Jayhawks in the first 3 minutes, 15 seconds of the second half. The Trojans got into the bonus with just under 15 1/2 minutes left but were just 4-for-6 from the line after that.
Freshman center Darrell Arthur, who came in leading Kansas with a 15.1-point scoring average, played only 3 minutes of the first half before picking up his second foul. He got his third personal with just over 14 minutes left and his fourth with more than 10 minutes left, and finished with eight points.
Rodrick Stewart, who started games 17 for USC as a freshman but then transferred to Kansas, did not score for the Jayhawks.
The teams combined for 24 turnovers, 14 by the Trojans, in the first 20 minutes.