December 5, 2006

KU holds off Trojans

USC rolled into Lawrence, Kan., Monday night, hoping for an upset over a vulnerable Kansas Jayhawks still searching for a true identity. After a physical, hard-fought battle, No. 13 ranked Kansas came away with the 72-62 victory over the visiting Trojans. Led by Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, KU played solid defense, getting back to their winning ways.

After dropping a heartbreaker to DePaul over the weekend, Kansas (7-2, 0-0) needed a solid performance Monday to get back on track. The USC Trojans (5-2, 0-0) weren't going to make it easy.

Lodrick Stewart (brother of KU guard Rodrick Stewart) scored 23 points for the Trojans, hitting 5-8 from downtown. Stewart, a pure shooter, never faced his brother one-on-one during the game, but made his presence felt by scoring from all over court.

Rodrick, who comes off the bench for Kansas, came in early in the first half, but was used mainly to give fellow Jayhawks Chalmers and Russell Robinson, a rest.

Kansas struggled to get into a flow early, creating an uneasy feeling throughout Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks were forced to settle for perimeter shots due to early foul trouble for freshman Darrell Arthur.

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