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February 15, 2007
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TUCSON, Ariz. -Lodrick Stewart and Nick Young scored 26 points each to lead No. 22 Southern California to an 80-75 victory over No. 19 Arizona on Thursday night, ending the Trojans' 21-game losing streak at McKale Center.
The Trojans (19-7, 9-4 Pac-10), who swept the season series with Arizona, outscored the Wildcats 8-2 over the final three minutes to win in Tucson for the first time since Jan. 17, 1985.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Arizona. The Wildcats are home against No. 5 UCLA on Saturday.
In a game that was close throughout, Budinger made two free throws with 3:24 to go to put the Wildcats ahead 73-72.
Stewart, who made 11-of-15 shots, sank a 15-footer to put USC ahead for good 74-73 with three minutes left.
Arizona's Marcus Williams lost the ball, the last of his seven turnovers, then fouled Young while the USC junior made a 15-footer. Williams fouled out, and Young's three-point play gave the Trojans a 77-73 lead with 2:26 to go.
After another Arizona turnover, Pruitt's steal on Shakur's bad pass, Pruitt made two free throws and USC led 79-73 1:08 from the finish.
Shakur's driving layup cut it to 79-75 with a minute left but got no closer.
Southern California extended its winning streak over Arizona to three games, its longest against the Wildcats since 1983.
The Trojans, down 38-35 at the half, tied it at 51 on Stewart's two free throws with 13:34 to play. Budinger's fast-break, two-handed dunk capped an 11-4 spurt that put the Wildcats up 62-57 with 11:34 left.
USC scored the next eight, though, to go ahead 65-64 on Stewart's 3-pointer with 8:19 to go.
Neither team led by more than four points after that - until the Trojans' final surge.
Taj Gibson was just 1-for-6 shooting for the visitors and fouled out with 4:01 left.
Arizona committed 16 turnovers to USC's nine.