The Trojans win was fueled by 14 3-pointers.
Elijah Stewart scores 21 points to lead the Trojans past New Orleans
Bennie Boatwright had 11 points and five rebounds in the loss.
USC has its best record through 22 games since going 18-4 in 1992.
NCAA Tournament First Round - March 17, 2017
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Pac-12 Tournament - March 9, 2017
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BREAKDOWN: Elijah Stewart is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound athletic junior guard who has the ability to drive and create scoring opportunities as well as hit the three-pointer. His 97 career three-pointers rank 19th on USC's all-time list.
2015-16: Stewart made 18 starts and appeared in all 34 games, averaging 9.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. Was tied for first on the team with 60 three-pointers made and his 46.5 percentage from beyond the arc in conference play was second-best among Pac-12 players. He has at least one three-point basket in 30 of his 34 games. Twice this season matched his career high of 27 points in a game, first against Lafayette on Dec. 23 when he tied his career best with six three-pointers made. Five games later, he scored 27 vs. Arizona in the 4 OT game on Jan. 9...he made five three-pointers and hit the winning free throws with 22 seconds left. He scored 10 points, had five rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in the NCAA Tournament first-round loss to Providence on March 17.
2014-15: Stewart played in all 32 games as a freshman, making 18 starts and averaging 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. He really came on strong at the end of the season, averaging 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals in USC's final eight games. He led USC with 37 blocks which ranks sixth all-time by a Trojan freshman. He was also second on the team with 37 three-pointers made, which ranks seventh all-time by a USC freshman. He made his first career start vs. Drexel on Nov. 21 and scored seven points. He scored 11 points in the win at New Mexico on Nov. 30...he would score in double figures eight times, with six of them coming in the final eight games of the season. He was a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor and scored 22 points in the 75-71 win at Boston College on Dec. 21...he tied Taj Gibson's school record for most makes in a game without a miss, also accomplished against BC on March 20, 2009. Stewart was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week and the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for the week of Dec. 15-21. He scored a total of 26 points in the next 13 games, before his strong finish. He started for the first time since Jan. 2 at Utah vs. Oregon State on Feb. 14 and responded with 19 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Just missed out on a double-double by finishing with 14 points and a season-high nine rebounds vs. Washington on Feb. 28. Led USC to an upset win over Arizona State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on March 11 with a career-high 27 points and a career-best sixth three-pointers made (6-for-9). Was given the Forrest F. Twogood Award as the Trojans' top defensive player at the Men's Basketball Awards Banquet following the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Stewart averaged 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds 3.2 assists and 2.1 blocks for Westchester HS which went 30-7 and finished ranked No. 5 in the state of California. He was named the 2014 Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year and was ranked as the No. 40 recruit by Scout.com. Stewart made the 10-man Los Angeles Times All-Star team, the Long Beach Press-Telegram All-Area Team and was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State First Team along with Trojan teammate Jordan McLaughlin, while fellow 2014 classmate Malik Marquetti was named to the second team. Stewart and McLaughlin were named to the MaxPreps California All-State Second Team. As a senior the Western League MVP Stewart led Westchester to multiple upsets in the state playoffs and to the Southern California Open Division Regional Finals were they lost to eventual champion Mater Dei. Stewart was named the 2014 John R. Wooden Award winner for the L.A. City Section.
PERSONAL: Elijah was born on Nov. 14, 1995 in DeRidder, La. His mother's name is Rosie Smith and he has three siblings: Evelyn, Ezekiel and Cecil. Lists his grandfather Cecil Stewart, Sr. as his hero. Has worked in the community with CDNC DeRidder and Fastbreat Sports L.A. One of his hobbies is playing tennis. List Kevin Gates, Kendrick Lamar, PartyNextDoor, The Weeknd and The Game as his favorite musical artists. Would like to visit Spain some day. Is an Economics major at USC.