Men's Basketball
    Trojans Improve Win Streak to Nine Games, Beat North Carolina A&T 68-38
    Lodrick Stewart drives to the basket past North Carolina A&T's Michael Williams during the second half. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    Lodrick Stewart drives to the basket past North Carolina A&T's Michael Williams during the second half. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Dec. 23, 2005

    Box Score

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lodrick Stewart scored 19 points and Gabe Pruitt added 13 Friday night as USC beat North Carolina A&T 68-38.

    Stewart had 13 first-half points and had three 3-pointers. Nick Young also chipped in 11 points for USC.

    The Trojans (9-2) have a nine-game winning streak, their longest since the 2001-2002 season when they also won nine straight.

    USC claimed its first 20-point lead on a Young layup with 15:30 remaining. About two minutes later, the Trojans led by 25 points when Pruitt hit one of his three 3-pointers.

    At the outset, both teams started slowly, putting up shots that clanked off the rim and airballs. Only eight points were scored by both squads through nearly seven minutes of action.

    The Trojans, however, rattled off runs of 14-2 and 7-0 and entered halftime leading 29-17.

    NC A&T was held to 26.7 percent shooting, the lowest by a USC opponent since Loyola Marymount hit 23.7 percent in losing 96-55 on Dec. 11, 1999. Also, the 38 points allowed by USC were the fewest since holding Washington State to 37 points in a 66-37 win on Jan. 29, 1987.

    The leading scorer for the Aggies (0-8) was Derek Crumpton, who scored seven points in 15 minutes. Starting center Jason Wills and starting guard Demetrius Guions added six points each.

    USC has not won 10 in a row in one season since the 1970-1971 season

    Prior to the game, Trojan freshman forward RouSean Cromwell sustained a fractured right foot when he stepped on a ball in warm-ups. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.