Southern Cal 59, Idaho St. 53

Dwight Lewis had 19 points and Alex Stepheson added 16 points

and 12 rebounds as Southern California rallied to beat Idaho State

59-53 Friday night.

Marcus Johnson added 10 points for the Trojans (4-4), who

blocked a school-record 13 shots.

Rodney Gilchrist led the Bengals (2-8) with 14 points, and

Amorrow Morgan added 13.

Lewis, whose season average is 11.7 points, posted 11 by

halftime Friday. He hit two 3-pointers in the first 1:02 to help

USC build a 25-6 lead by the midpoint of the half.

But the Trojans couldn’t hold onto the ball, and Idaho State

owned the rest of the period and the beginning of the second. USC

finished with 18 turnovers.

The Bengals took the lead seven minutes into the second half,

but USC’s physical dominance inside allowed the Trojans to wear

down the Bengals in the final minutes on a 21-13 run.