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February 15, 2007

No. 22 USC wins at No. 19 Arizona 80-75

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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.

Gabe Pruitt added 17 points for USC. Chase Budinger scored 18 and Mustafa Shakur 16 for the Wildcats (17-8, 8-6).

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.

For more coverage of USC, visit USCFootball.com; for more on Arizona, visit GOAZCATS.com.



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