No. 22 USC edges No.19 Arizona
Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) – Nick Young posted 26 points and eight rebounds,
as the 22nd-ranked USC Trojans got their first win in Tucson since 1985 by
downing the 19th-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 80-75, in a battle of Pac-10
Conference heavyweights from the McKale Center.
Lodrick Stewart also scored 26 points for USC (19-7, 9-4 Pac-10), which had
been idle since a 70-65 loss at UCLA back on February 7th. That setback halted
a three-game winning streak for the Trojans, who have only played seven true
road games thus far and have managed four wins. Gabriel Pruitt added 17
Chase Budinger scored 19 points for Arizona (17-8, 8-6), which had a three-
game winning streak snapped. The Wildcats were fresh off a 77-74 victory over
Oregon on Saturday, and are 11-4 at home this season. Mustafa Shakur scored 16
points, Ivan Radenovic 11, and Marcus Williams added 10 points.
With USC holding a four-point advantage at the final-minute mark, the Trojans
turned the ball over to give Arizona a golden opportunity to spark a rally.
However, Shakur and Budinger both missed on jump-shot attempts, as USC held on
for its first win at the McKale Center since January 17, 1985 to curtail a 21-
game losing streak.
Both teams finished 50 percent from the field, as Southern Cal shot 31-for-61
and Arizona finished 30-for-60. The Wildcats controlled the glass,
outrebounding the Trojans 37-29.
USC recorded a memorable 80-73 victory over Arizona earlier this season, but
the Wildcats still own a 53-36 lead in the all-time series.