Trojans Have Little Trouble Lions

Nov. 25, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Brian Scalabrine rebounded from a scoreless performancewith 22 points, and Brandon Granville broke Southern California's career assistrecord Saturday night as the 20th-ranked Trojans beat Loyola Marymount 91-68.

Scalabrine, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound senior who averaged a team-leading 17.8points last season and has started all 61 games in his USC career, played only11 minutes before fouling out in the Trojans' 78-67 victory over San Diego onTuesday night.

It was a different story against the outmanned Lions as the Scalabrine-ledTrojans dominated the inside.

Granville, a 5-9 junior, had nine assists to give him 412, surpassing theprevious school record of 409 held by Larry Friend, who played at USC from1983-86.

Granville also had 19 points, and freshman Desmon Farmer added 14 for theTrojans (3-0), who led 47-34 at halftime and broke the game open early in thesecond half.

Robert Davis led the Lions, who have lost 21 straight road games, with acareer-high 21 points and Elton Mashak had 15 points and eight rebounds. PabloMachado, Loyola's leading scorer, had eight points before fouling out with 8:25left.

Granville broke Friend's record by setting up Tyler Murphy for a 3-pointerearly in the second half, giving USC a 65-41 lead.

Granville scored six straight points to trigger a 13-3 run that gave theTrojans a 23-14 lead, and they were on top the rest of the way.

Loyola drew within three points before the Trojans ran off 11 straight for a35-21 lead with 5 1/2 minutes left before halftime, and the Lions weren't closerthan nine points after that.

The Trojans again played without Jeff Trepagnier, who is recovering from ahairline fracture in his left foot.

It's hoped Trepagnier, a senior who averaged 15.9 points and 6.6 reboundslast season, will play for the first time this season next Saturday against No.13 Utah (3-1) in the Wooden Classic at the Anaheim Arena.

AP Sports Writer

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