Trojans Knock Off No. 17 Tar Heels, 74-59
Dec. 21, 2005
It was the eighth straight win for the Trojans (8-2) and their first over a ranked opponent since March 2004.
Stewart was 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. His 3 with 2:40 to play gave the Trojans a 68-57 lead.
David Noel led North Carolina (6-2) with 19 points and freshman Tyler Hansbrough had 16. North Carolina's other loss was to Illinois on Nov. 29 in a rematch of the Tar Heels' victory in last season's national championship game.
USC started the second half with an 11-4 run, punctuated by a fall-away 3-pointer by Young that made it 41-39 with 15:23 left, the Trojans' first lead since early in the first half.
Stewart made consecutive 3s to give USC a 52-47 lead with 10:29 to play. He later scored on a layup to cap a 17-4 run that put USC on top 63-51.
The Trojans were 16-for-28 from the field in the second half (57.1 percent) and shot 48.3 percent for the game. North Carolina went 8-for-32 from the field in the second half.
Playing for only the second time on the road this season, the freshmen-dominated Tar Heels shot just 52.4 percent from the free throw line and 37 percent from the field.
In the first half, Pruitt made his fourth 3-pointer to tie the game at 26 with 4:10 left. Pruitt scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range in the first half.
North Carolina answered with an 8-0 run that included six points from Hansbrough to go up 34-26 with 1:13 to play. Noel's free throw with 17 seconds to play gave North Carolina a 35-30 halftime lead.
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