Men's Hoops Wins Exhibition Opener, 108-88

Nov. 4, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Freshman guard Desmon Farmer scored 26 points and senior forward/center Brian Scalabrine had 21 points as the No. 24 USC men's basketball team defeated the Double Pump California West All-Stars, 108-88, to open exhibition play in front of 505 at the Lyon Center on Saturday night (Nov. 4)

Farmer made 10-of-14 field goals, including five three-pointers, while Scalabrine made 9-of-13 shots, including 3-of-3 on trey attempts. USC made 43-of-70 field goal attempts (61.4%) and 12-of-19 from beyond the arc (63.2%)

The California All-Stars were led by Andy Bostik, Chivo Anderson and Kenneth Young, who scored 15 points apiece. They also shot 50.0% from the floor (30-of-60).

Fifth-year USC Coach Henry Bibby was not pleased with the Trojans' effort on defense.

'I thought we were very bad defensively,' Bibby said. 'We didn't do a lot of the things we need to do to be a good team. I thought guys like (sophomore guard) Robert Hutchinson, Desmon Farmer, (freshman center) Luke Minor and (sophomore center) Kostas Charissis played well, but on a whole, we weren't as efficient as we need to be.'

The Trojans, who led 50-41 at the half, also got 18 points from senior forward Jarvis Turner and 12 points from junior guard Brandon Granville, who added eight assists.

USC was playing without two returning starters, senior guard Jeff Trepagnier and junior forward David Bluthenthal. Trepagnier is out two to three weeks while recovering from a hairline fracture in his left foot while Bluthenthal was out while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. He is expected to resume practice on Monday (Nov. 6).

USC finishes the exhibition season on Nov. 12 against the California Southwest All-Stars at the Lyon Center at 6 p.m.

The Trojans open the regular season on Nov. 18 against Bradley at the Sports Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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