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Huskies Fall To USC, 88-80
Release: 01/08/2004
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AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) - Freshman twins Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart returned to Seattle, where they went to high school, and helped Southern California beat Washington 88-80 Thursday night.

The Trojans (7-5, 2-1 Pac-10) were led by Errick Craven's 20 points, while the 6-foot-4 Rodrick, who starts at guard, had 14 points and Lodrick, off the bench, added nine.

The Huskies (5-6, 0-3), who beat USC twice last season, got 21 points from Will Conroy, including three 3-pointers and 13 points in the final 2:48.

USC took a 40-26 halftime lead with an 18-2 run in the final six minutes of the first half and that turned out to be the difference in the game.

After Anthony Washington gave the Huskies a 24-22 lead with a 10-footer with 6:05 to go, the Trojans scored 10 unanswered points, including a 12-footer by Rodrick Stewart and a fastbreak layup by Lodrick Stewart.

Tre Simmons of Washington answered with a 10-footer from the baseline with 1:13 on the clock before the Trojans ended the half with eight straight points. Craven hit a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left.

The Huskies hurt themselves with 17 turnovers in the opening half.

Washington made a game out of it in the second half after they fell behind by 17 at 55-38 with 6:14 gone.

The closest Washington got was within three at 68-63 after Nate Robinson made a 3-pointer with 4:41 to go. Robinson, a sophomore guard, played with the Stewart twins at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle.

But the Trojans reeled off nine answered points, including a pair of layups by Craven, to go in front 77-63 with 3:03 on the clock. Conroy cut the Huskies' deficit to five points at 85-80 with a pair of free throws with 48 seconds remaining before USC scored the final three points, two on free throws by Craven.

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