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Stewart Twins Sign With Trojans

USC opponents will suffer from double-double vision during the 2003-04 season as the Trojans will be able to play two pairs of identical twins.

Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart, a pair of national top-50 high school recruits from Seattle’s Rainier Beach High, signed letters of intent Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, to play at USC. They will join current Trojan twins Derrick and Errick Craven.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Rodrick, who plays point and shooting guard, is a preseason McDonald’s All-American after averaging 19.4 points and 6.0 assists. The 6-5, 210-pound Lodrick, an alternate All-American who plays shooting guard and small forward, averaged 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds.

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With Fordham transfer Jeff McMillan, a 6-8, 250-pound power forward, not eligible until next year, USC has one scholarship left for the 2003-04 season and will fill it during the spring signing period.

-- Paul Gutierrez

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UCLA was outrebounded, 45-24, in losing its first exhibition since 1993, 92-68, to surprising Branch West Academy at Pauley Pavilion. Ray Young had 15 points for UCLA.

The Branch West team included former Oklahoma State point guard Doug Gottlieb (16 points) and former Phoenix Sun center Horacio Llamas (15).

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Forward Sean Phaler of Villa Park High signed a letter of intent with UCLA.

-- Steve Henson

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Chris Jenkins’ layup with seven seconds left gave Long Beach State a 78-77 exhibition victory over Global Sports at the Pyramid.


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