Trojans Take Down Colonials, 74-65, At Wooden Classic
Dec. 9, 2006
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Lodrick Stewart scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, freshman Daniel Hackett added all 18 of his points after halftime, and Southern California rallied to beat George Washington 74-65 Saturday at the John R. Wooden Classic.
Josh Shipp scored 18 points as No. 1 UCLA beat No. 6 Texas A&M 65-62 in the opener of the 13th annual doubleheader named for the 96-year-old coach who guided the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span before retiring in 1975.
Freshman Taj Gibson had 16 points and 17 rebounds and Nick Young scored 13 for the Trojans, who were held scoreless for nearly 10 minutes in the first half but outscored the Colonials 56-27 in the last 17 1/2 minutes to win going away.
USC (6-2) came into the game ranked second in the country in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 32.3 percent. The Colonials shot 24-of-66 (36.4 percent) and the Trojans shot 18-of-44 (40.9 percent).
The difference in the game was at the foul line, where USC shot 33-of-38 and George Washington went 10-of-18.
Two free throws by Regis Koundjia gave the Colonials a 50-43 lead with eight minutes remaining. That's when the Trojans began their final push. Two foul shots by Gibson with 3:56 to play gave USC its first lead since early in the game, and USC pulled away from there.
The loss was just George Washington's second in its last 26 regular-season games. The Colonials (6-2) had their best season in school history last year, going 27-3.
Maureece Rice led George Washington with 17 points. Travis King added 15 and Carl Elliott had 11 for the Colonials. Elliott committed eight of his team's 15 turnovers.
George Washington scored the first seven points of the second half for a 36-16 lead. It was 38-18 when USC scored 12 in a row to draw within eight, and five straight points by Young moved the Trojans within three points with 9 1/2 minutes left.
The Colonials extended their lead to seven before the Trojans took command.
USC shot 5-of-18 and committed 11 turnovers in the first half as the Colonials built a 29-16 lead despite shooting 10-of-28 and committing eight turnovers.
Abdoulaye N'diaye's dunk with 12:53 left before halftime gave USC a 12-10 lead, but the Trojans were outscored 19-4 during the remainder of the half. Dwight Lewis made a basket with 2:54 left, and Gibson added two free throws 30 seconds later.
Previously, the Trojans' lowest scoring half this season was 29 points. Their lowest total in a half since 1953 was 10 in the second half of a game against Oregon State in 1982.