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Final

USC 71

(5-2, 1-1 away)

Loyola Mary 69

(2-6, 1-3 home)

    10:05 PM ET, December 10, 2005

    Albert Gersten Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

    1 2 T
    USC 34 3771
    LMU 33 3669

    Top Performers

    USC: G. Pruitt 36 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Loyola Marymount: B. Worthy 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    USC 71, Loyola Marymnt 69

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Gabe Pruitt scored a career-best 36 points to lead USC past Loyola Marymount 71-69 Saturday night.

    Pruitt, who scored 20 of his points in the first half, drained five 3-pointers and shot 13-for-19 from the field.

    "Pretty memorable,"said Pruitt, whose previous high was 23 points. "I'm going to mark this one down in the books."

    His coach concurred.

    "He played terrific," USC coach Tim Floyd said. "We couldn't have won without him."

    Nick Young added 13 points and 10 rebounds for USC.

    The Trojans (5-2) went on a 14-4 run to start the second half, taking a double-digit lead, 48-37, when RouSean Cromwell converted a three-point play with 14:12 remaining.

    USC led by as many as 15 in the half, but barely escaped with the victory.

    Loyola Marymount (2-6) cut the lead to five points on Jon Ziri's 3-pointer with 2:57 left, and Dustin Brown's layup brought the Lions within two points with 43 seconds remaining.

    Young was then called for traveling with 12 seconds left and Loyola had a chance to win, but Wes Waldrop missed an open 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    "I learned last year that it doesn't matter how big your lead is," Pruitt said.

    "We did lose our composure a little bit," Floyd said. "We're trying to learn how to win."

    The Trojans have won five consecutive games, their longest winning streak since the 2001-2002 season when they won nine straight.

    Brandon Worthy had 12 points to lead the Lions, which has lost six of seven.

    LMU's leading scorer Matthew Knight, who averages 19.3 points per game, left the game with a concussion early in the second half. Knight hit his head on the floor after taking an elbow from USC's Abdoulaye Ndiaye.

    "I didn't even know he was behind me," Ndiaye said. "I was just trying to protect the ball. I did apologize to him."

    After a 9-2 first-half run, the Lions took a 24-17 lead. The Trojans charged back with a 13-0 streak and soon had a six-point advantage.

    The teams swapped 3-pointers to finish the first half, one by Pruitt and a buzzer-beater by Wes Wardrop. The Trojans led 34-33 at halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USC
    LMU
    Points 71 69
    FG Made-Attempted 24-49 (.490) 22-56 (.393)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-21 (.286) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-26 (.654) 20-30 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 7

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