Stewart Twins Lead Trojans To Victory
Jan 9, 2004
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Freshman twins Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart returnedto Seattle, where they went to high school, and helped Southern California beatWashington 88-80 Thursday night.
The Trojans (7-5, 2-1 Pac-10) were led by Errick Craven's 20 points, whilethe 6-foot-4 Rodrick, who starts at guard, had 14 points and Lodrick, off thebench, added nine.
The Huskies (5-6, 0-3), who beat USC twice last season, got 21 points fromWill Conroy, including three 3-pointers and 13 points in the final 2:48.
USC took a 40-26 halftime lead with an 18-2 run in the final six minutes ofthe first half and that turned out to be the difference in the game.
After Anthony Washington gave the Huskies a 24-22 lead with a 10-footer with6:05 to go, the Trojans scored 10 unanswered points, including a 12-footer byRodrick Stewart and a fastbreak layup by Lodrick Stewart.
Tre Simmons of Washington answered with a 10-footer from the baseline with1:13 on the clock before the Trojans ended the half with eight straight points.Craven hit a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left.
The Huskies hurt themselves with 17 turnovers in the opening half.
Washington made a game out of it in the second half after they fell behindby 17 at 55-38 with 6:14 gone.
The closest Washington got was within three at 68-63 after Nate Robinsonmade a 3-pointer with 4:41 to go. Robinson, a sophomore guard, played with theStewart twins at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.
But the Trojans reeled off nine answered points, including a pair of layupsby Craven, to go in front 77-63 with 3:03 on the clock. Conroy cut the Huskies'deficit to five points at 85-80 with a pair of free throws with 48 secondsremaining before USC scored the final three points, two on free throws byCraven.