No. 22 USC Edged by No. 4 Kansas
Dec. 2, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AP) -Mario Chalmers made a 3-pointer and a free throw in the final 20 seconds and No. 4 Kansas held off No. 22 Southern California 59-55 Sunday.
After USC had pulled within 55-53 on Davon Jefferson's two free throws with 54 seconds left, Chalmers hit his 3 from the left side, then added a free throw with 3 seconds remaining to cap the scoring.
He finished with 20 points to help the Jayhawks make their first road game this season a win.
Chalmers had seven rebounds, Darrell Arthur had 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the game, and Darnell Jackson had nine points and 13 rebounds to help the Jayhawks (7-0) control the inside for much of the game.
Beginning with 9:53 left in the game, the Trojans went a span of more than four minutes without a point. The Jayhawks pulled away by scoring nine points in a row to open a 51-42 lead on a pair of Brandon Rush free throws with 6:39 remaining. Kansas never trailed again.
After the Jayhawks' Russell Robinson hit a 3 to tie it with 8 seconds left in the first half, Jefferson answered with a buzzer-beating jumper to send the Trojans to the locker room with a 27-25 lead.
The Jayhawks were stone cold for the first nine minutes of the game, making just three of their first 14 shots and falling behind 16-6. They began to find the range after that and evened it at 16-16 on Stewart's layup with 5:48 left in the half.
Jackson had five points and nine rebounds for Kansas by halftime, and Darrell Arthur topped the Jayhawks' scoring with six points. They finished 11-of-32 from the floor in the half.
Mayo led the Trojans with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting in the first 20 minutes, and Jefferson scored nine.
Kansas senior Rodrick Stewart, who had transferred from USC during the 2004-05 season, had four points and seven rebounds against his former team.
The Jayhawks had come out on top against another good Pac-10 team on Nov. 25, beating Arizona 76-72 in overtime.
USC was coming off a 66-55 win over Oklahoma. The Trojans' only other loss was a 96-81 defeat by Mercer in their opener.