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Updated: Friday, January 14, 2005 4:07 AM EST
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(16) Arizona 77, USC 68

TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- Salim Stoudamire and Hassan Adams reached personal milestones and got Arizona back on track.

Stoudamire became the 11th player in school history to reach 1,500 points and Adams passed the 1,000-point plateau as No.16 Arizona dropped Pac-10 rival Southern California, 77-68.

Stoudamire, a senior, scored 21 points and electrified the home crowd with a thunderous lefthanded dunk. He followed that with a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Wildcats, who were coming off an 11-point loss at Stanford on Saturday, a 59-49 lead with 9:05 remaining.

"I told him that if he's open, shoot the ball," Arizona coach Lute Olson said. "Yesterday in practice, I don't think he missed a shot. It's to the point where if he misses it, the guys are surprised."

"I want to open up my game and be myself when I'm out there on the court," Stoudamire said. "The dunk felt good, but it's just two points. You've got to keep playing."

The Trojans retaliated with a 6-0 run on a jumper by freshman Nick Young and four points from Jeff McMillan.

Reserve Chris Rogers sealed the victory by scoring the next seven points as Arizona (13-3, 3-1 Pac-10) pulled ahead, 72-60, with just over three minutes to play.

Rogers scored a career-high 22 points and Adams added 15 for the Wildcats, who face Pac-10 leader UCLA in a nationally televised tilt Saturday.

"Chris has been playing well in practice situations," Olson said. "I told him it's not whether you start the game, it's how you finish it. He did great off the bench."

Young scored 18 points and McMillan added 11 off the bench for the Trojans, who were done in by 23 turnovers.

"The key was committing turnovers at the wrong time," Young said. "(Arizona) just fed off them. That's their game."

"We did a much better job of tightening up the defense after halftime," Olson said. "We forced 23 turnovers, so we ended up with 11 more possessions."

USC (7-9, 0-5) is the only winless team in conference play as interim coach Jim Saia, who replaced the fired Henry Bibby on December 6, dropped to 5-7 overall.

"The 0-5 start in the Pac-10 is not the end of the world," Saia said. "We have to keep competing. We have been in most of our games. I'm not into moral victories, but at the same time, we're playing well, and that's all I can ask."

On Friday, the Trojans reportedly will name Tim Floyd coach. Floyd has 12 years of college coaching experience with New Orleans and Iowa State and coached in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets.

Saia is expected to retain the coaching duties until the end of the season.


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