The players paid tribute back to the fans for the electric atmosphere that built throughout the season and reached a crescendo Saturday. Then the players lifted senior walk-on Chris Penrose – who hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds Saturday – onto their shoulders and carried him off the court. USC’s 84-66 victory over California in its final home game showed how much has changed within the program this season – the attitude, attendance and atmosphere. “We said from day one, we’re not going to beg our people to come out,” coach Tim Floyd said after his team played in front of a Galen Center-record sellout crowd of 10,027. “You have to earn those things.” USC has done that with a team that has exceeded all expectations. Senior Lodrick Stewart led the USC student section in displaying the university’s trademark victory sign as the school’s fight song played. Teammates surrounded Stewart, some going into the aisles, as the crowd paid tribute to one of the Trojans’ best seasons since the Pacific-10 Conference expanded to 10 teams in 1979. • Photo Gallery: 02/24: USC vs. Cal LOS ANGELES – Galen Center’s inaugural season could not have had a better ending. The Trojans (21-8, 11-5) are guaranteed at least fourth place in the conference, will finish second if they win both games in Washington this week and can wrap up third place with any victory or a Stanford loss in its final two regular-season games. All this for a team that entered the season picked to finish sixth in the conference and that had starting freshmen at point guard and power forward. “We’re playing for seeding now,” Stewart said. “There’s not a doubt we’re going to the tournament. I think we’re going now, and the coaches feel the same way.” USC’s 15-3 record at Galen Center is its best home mark since going 16-3 in 1961. The Trojans’ three seniors – Stewart, Penrose and center Abdoulaye N’diaye – received framed jerseys before their final home game. Stewart hit four 3-pointers to give him 220 for his career and break the school record of 218 held by Brandon Granville (1999-02). His record-breaking shot came at an opportune time, as Cal had drawn within five points with a little more than 13 minutes remaining. “It’s great to get the record on a day like this,” said Stewart, who left the game to a large ovation with 55.8 seconds remaining. “It was so sad knowing it’s my last time playing here.” Stewart finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Taj Gibson led the Trojans with 18 points. But the basket that drew the biggest crowd reaction of the season came from Penrose, who hit a shot from the right corner with 5.3 seconds to go. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BREAKING NEWS: A major search operation swung into action last night amidst fears that a mother and daughter have been drowned off the Donegal coast.A massive operation was launched after a passer-by found a woman’s body at Roxstown Harbour just before 6.30pm.The woman’s car was found close by on the shoreline, north of Clonmany. The woman is understood to be from Derry but is believed to have been living in Buncrana.There was further panic after a member of the public said they had seen the woman earlier with a baby.The woman’s mobile phone was recovered at the scene and the PSNI are now trying to contact relatives to determine if the woman had a child with her.Gardai alerted the rescue services to the tragedy just after 6.30pm. A number of emergency services circled the scene of the incident which is being co-ordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard station.They include the Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo, two units of the Lough Swilly Lifeboat, two units of the Greencastle Lifeboat as well as shoreline units and the Gardai.The rescue helicopter spent more than two hours in the area carrying out an intensive searching before refueling and starting to search again.A spokesman for Malin Head Coastguard said last night’s tide was one of the biggest of the year so far.“It was a huge tide which peaked at 8pm and went out quickly. “We got a call form the Gardai that a woman’s body had been located at Roxtown Harbour.“Gardai were then told that a baby had been in the company of the woman earlier on.“We have to assume that the woman was with the baby and that is why the search is still going on.“The woman is from Derry and the PSNI are trying to establish contact with the family to see if the baby or child is missing,” he said. Spokesman for Lough Swilly Lifeboat, Joe Joyce, said last night they could not say if a second person was missing.He said the search would continue until they were given some direction in the case.MOTHER AND BABY FEARED DROWNED IN TRAGEDY OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daughterdrownedMalinMOTHERRoxstown Harbour