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January 19, 2007
No. 11 Arizona continues skid, falls to USC
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LOS ANGELES -Nick Young had 30 points and eight rebounds and Southern California beat No. 11 Arizona 80-73 on Thursday night, handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss and third in four games.
Arizona lost to Washington State last week to snap a 12-game winning streak, and lost to then-No. 15 Oregon on Sunday.
The Trojans (14-5, 4-2 Pac-10) came back from a last-second loss on Saturday to then-No. 4 UCLA to beat their fourth ranked opponent of the season.
They have beaten Arizona (13-4, 4-3) in seven of 11 meetings in Los Angeles.
Young went 13-for-19 from the field, throwing fakes, tossing up fallaways and yanking down rebounds at key moments throughout the game.
Trailing by two, USC went on a 15-3 run early in the second half to take a lead it wouldn't give up. Young scored six points during the run, including a dunk that made it 54-44 with 10:50 remaining.
Arizona crept back, pulling within two after a three-point play from Ivan Radenovic, but a 3-pointer from Keith Wilkinson and Young's jumper gave USC a 71-64 lead with 3:20 to go.
Young then got a goaltending call on a bad miss to put the Trojans up 73-67, and made two free throws in the final minute to put USC up 75-69.
The Trojans held an Arizona team averaging 51.2 percent from the field to just 38.3 percent. USC shot 53.3 percent.
USC has made a specialty of knocking off ranked teams, beating No. 16 Oregon on Jan. 4, No. 14 Washington on Dec. 28 and No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 23.
Few of those victories were as resounding as Thursday's win, with the Trojans taking the lead with a strong run to end the first half and giving up the lead just once in the second half.
USC responded with a 12-4 run that featured two 3-pointers from Stewart and a jumper and a dunk from Gibson to tie it at 18. Stewart went 3-for-5 from behind the arc and scored 11 points in the first half.
The Trojans took their first lead 29-28 on Pruitt's 3 with 3:15 to play in the half, and Young hit a fallaway tip-in at the buzzer to put the Trojans up 33-29 at halftime.