Junior guard Lodrick Stewart, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored a team-high 16 points as USC beat Alcorn State...
LOS ANGELES — Junior guard Lodrick Stewart, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored a team-high 16 points as USC beat Alcorn State 76-53 Sunday for its seventh straight victory.
Nick Young scored 14 points and Gabe Pruitt added 13 for the Trojans (7-2), who are on their longest winning streak since taking nine in a row during the 2001-02 season. They host defending national champion North Carolina on Wednesday.
Stewart made 6 of 11 shots from the field, including both of his three-point attempts.
Alcorn State (0-7) plays its first 11 games on the road.
With both teams shooting under 38 percent in a first half that yielded a 27-24 USC lead, the Trojans came out of the locker room firing and scored on 11 of their first 12 possessions.
“We just came out slow,” Stewart said. “We had to pick it up in the second half.”
Coach Tim Floyd, in his first year at USC, improved his college record to 250-132.
Delvin Thompson led the Braves with 22 points.
Top 25 men
At No. 1 Duke 104, Valparaiso 77
J.J. Redick scored 30 points and Greg Paulus set a school freshman record with 15 assists as the Blue Devils (10-0) defeated the Crusaders (4-3).
Shelden Williams added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who have started 10-0 for the fifth time in six seasons.
Paulus surpassed the Duke freshman record of 13 assists shared by Bobby Hurley, Jason Williams and Chris Duhon.
Dan Oppland scored 25 points to lead Valpo.
The Blue Devils were coming off a 97-66 victory over then-No. 2 Texas, a victory sparked by Redick’s 41 points and a dominating second half on both ends of the floor. Redick and the Blue Devils picked up where they left off offensively, making their first seven shots and playing the first 10 minutes at nearly an 80-point-per-half pace.
At No. 2 Connecticut 86, New Hampshire 44
Rudy Gay scored 22 points and the Huskies (8-0) dominated the overmatched Wildcats (2-8).
Marcus Johnson, making his first start for an injured Denham Brown (bruised knee), had a career-high 20 points for the Huskies.
Blagoj Janev led New Hampshire with 24 points. His back-to-back baskets with 13:49 left were the Wildcats’ first consecutive scores.
Ed Nelson had 11 rebounds and 12 points for the Huskies, who outrebounded the Wildcats 45-27 and outscored them 40-10 in the paint.
At No. 7 Florida 101, Jacksonville 58
Corey Brewer had the first triple-double in Florida history and the Gators (10-0) matched the school’s best start by routing the Dolphins (1-6).
Brewer, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, finished with 15 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as the Gators matched the 1951-52 team’s start. Sophomore Joakim Noah scored a career-high 21 points for the Gators, who can get to 11-0 by winning at Miami on Thursday.
Aubrey Conerly had 13 points for Jacksonville.
At No. 9 Illinois 61, Coppin St. 42
James Augustine scored 15 points and the Illini (11-0) broke the game open with an 18-4 run in the second half on the way to a decisive win over the Eagles (0-8).
Augustine’s three-point play started the run after Coppin State had closed to 29-22 with 15:17 to go. He had a layup and another three-point play as the Illini pushed their lead to 50-28 with 7:25 left. Augustine had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The 42 points were a season low by an Illinois opponent and the fewest the Illini have allowed since an 80-37 defeat of Penn State on Jan. 21, 2004.
At No. 12 Michigan St. 85, Florida International 58
Shannon Brown scored 20 points, and two Michigan State teammates had double-doubles against the Golden Panthers (3-5).
Maurice Ager had 18 points, all but two in the second half, and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Spartans (9-2), while Paul Davis added 18 points and 11 rebounds in Michigan State’s eighth straight win.
Elvis Lora had 12 points for Florida International, which was 11 for 22 from three-point range but scored a mere seven baskets inside the arc.
Michigan State used a 25-3 run to take a 44-19 halftime lead.
At No. 13 Boston College 80, Texas Southern 53
Jared Dudley contributed 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Sean Marshall scored a season-high 19 points as the Eagles (7-2) ended a two-game losing streak.
BC built a 31-point lead before clearing the bench with 2:58 left.
Jacques Jones had 18 points and nine rebounds for Texas Southern (2-8), which lost for the eighth time in nine games.
At No. 21 North Carolina St. 81, Miami 69
Cameron Bennerman had a season-high 19 points and almost single-handedly turned the game around early in the second half, helping the Wolfpack (8-1) hold off the Hurricanes (6-4) in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools.
Tony Bethel scored 12 of his 15 points on four three-pointers in the opening seven minutes for the Wolfpack, and teammate Illian Evtimov had all 11 of his points after halftime.
Guillermo Diaz scored 19 points for Miami.
Top 10 women
No. 3 Louisiana St. 66, at Kentucky 36
Seimone Augustus scored 23 points as the Tigers (7-0) beat the Wildcats (8-1) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Kentucky posted its lowest point total in school history.
• Darnell Harris missed one free throw but made two more with no time showing on the clock in the fourth overtime to give La Salle a 107-106 victory over host Central Connecticut.
Steven Smith collected 41 points and 10 rebounds for the Explorers (6-0).
Harris was fouled on a three-point attempt.
• Marcus Slaughter, San Diego State forward, has a sprained ligament in his left knee and is expected to miss from two to four weeks. The junior is averaging 16.9 points and 11.1 rebounds.