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POSTERIZED: USC’s Elijah Stewart catches defender under the rim

Elijah Stewart

Southern California guard Elijah Stewart dunks during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Idaho, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Entering their Pac-12 opener at Washington State tonight, USC was 1-20 in their last 21 conference road games with the lone win coming in Pullman in 2014. Andy Enfield’s Trojans have been the conference’s biggest surprise to this point in the season, having won 11 of their first 13 games, and they’re well on their way to continuing that run on the Palouse.

One of the highlights of the first half: Elijah Stewart making Washington State’s Josh Hawkinson pay dearly for turning the ball over. Stewart picked off the pass just in front of the half-court line and then attacked the basket, dunking on Hawkinson with two hands and getting fouled as well.

This was the first of three straight possessions for USC that ended with a dunk, as they had little trouble finding quality looks against the Cougar defense (they shot nearly 58 percent from the field in the first half).