Nailbiter Goes to Trojans vs. Cardinal, 70-69

Jan. 29, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Taj Gibson, recovered from a bout with pneumonia earlier this week, scored 20 points Thursday night, leading Southern California to a 70-69 victory over Stanford.

The Cardinal had a chance to win, but Lawrence Hill's baseline jumper went in-and-out as time expired.

Daniel Hackett and Leonard Washington added 12 points apiece for the Trojans (14-6, 5-3 Pac-10), who raised their record at Galen Center to 11-1.

Gibson, treated for pneumonia Monday and Tuesday, shot 9-of-12. As a team, the Trojans shot 53.7 percent to Stanford's 45.6 percent.

Hill had 19 points and eight rebounds, Landry Fields added 18 points, Anthony Goods scored 14 and Mitch Johnson had 10 for the Cardinal (13-5, 3-5).

Fields scored seven straight Stanford points to give the Cardinal a 52-46 lead. Hackett then scored five points during a 9-2 run that put the Trojans on top 55-54 with 10 minutes left.

USC extended its lead to 62-56 before a three-point play by Goods and a 3-pointer by Hill helped the Cardinal draw within one with 3:59 to play, but that's as close as they would get.

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