Trojans Defeat BYU
Dec. 4, 2004
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lodrick Stewart scored 22 points as USC withstood aspirited second-half effort from BYU for an 87-82 win Saturday night.
After leading at halftime, 44-30, for the first time this season, USC (2-2)stretched its advantage to 17 early in the second half before BYU came back tomake it tense.
The Cougars (1-5) went on a 20-3 run, tying the game at 56 on a Mike Rose3-pointer with 10:50 left.
Less than a minute later, Jimmy Balderson's two free throws gave BYU a 60-58lead, but the Trojans eventually took control again, going on a 12-0 run totake a 76-64 lead with 6:09 left.
But BYU wasn't done. The Cougars went on a 15-5 spurt-capped by another MikeRose three-to close to within 81-79 with 1:50 left.
Rose missed consecutive 3-point attempts on BYU's next two possessions asthe Trojans pulled away.
Balderson led the Cougars, who are off to their worst start since beginning1-7 in 1997, with 22 points. Rose added 13.