Stewart, USC defeat OSU
LOS ANGELES — Elijah Stewart scored 28 points to lead Southern California to a 72-59 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night.
Stewart shot a blistering 9 of 10 from the floor, including 5-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Jordan McLaughlin added 13 points and 11 assists for the Trojans (19-9, 10-5 Pac-12 Conference).
USC remains tied for second place in the conference standings with UCLA, which beat Oregon 86-78 in overtime.
Oregon State (13-13, 5-9), in 10th place in the standings, played USC close but wilted down the stretch. The Beavers were outscored 17-8 in the final six minutes. Tres Tinkle and Drew Eubanks led the Beavers with 16 points. Tinkle had a game-high 10 rebounds.
The first half was a tight affair with USC leading 32-30 at the break. The teams were statistically a near mirror of each other in shooting and rebounds in the half. USC led 26-20 with 5:08 to play before Oregon State made a small run to end the half.
Stewart, a senior guard, paced the Trojans early in the second half when he scored eight points in the first four minutes.
USC beat Oregon State 74-67 in Corvallis in their first meeting on January 20.
Oregon State hosts No. 22 Arizona on Thursday and No. 25 Arizona State on Saturday.
USC travels to Colorado on Wednesday and Utah on Saturday.