No. 15 USC Downs Utah At John Wooden Classic, 65-60

Dec. 2, 2000

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Brian Scalabrine and David Bluthenthal combined for16 consecutive points in the second half as No. 15 USC defeated18th-ranked Utah 65-60 Saturday in the John Wooden Classic.

It was USC's first victory over a ranked nonconference opponent since 1995,when the Trojans upset Missouri, also ranked 18th.

Scalabrine finished with 18 points and Bluthenthal added 16 points and 12rebounds as USC remained undefeated in four games. Both players had four3-pointers each as USC hit 10 of 20 from long-range.

USC blew most of a 13-point lead with 3:49 remaining on sloppy play andmissed free throws. The Utes (4-1) used an 8-0 run to get within five, thenBritton Johnsen hit a 3-pointer to cut USC's lead to three with 20.4 secondsleft.

USC missed four of five free throws in the final 1 1/2 minutes before BrandonGranville made two with 18.8 seconds to go to win for the first time in itssecond Wooden Classic appearance.

Phil Cullen led Utah with 18 points, including four of the Utes' 103-pointers. Johnsen added 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Utes held a 44-34rebounding edge.

USC led by two early in the second half when Scalabrine and Bluthenthal tookover the scoring. Scalabrine sandwiched baskets around 11 straight points byBluthenthal, including three 3-pointers, to keep the Trojans ahead 46-38 with13:13 remaining.

Utah used some timely 3-pointers to get within three on a trey by KevinBradley with 9:52 left. But ultimately, the Utes staggered on 36 percentshooting.

But USC ran off 10 unanswered points, including six by Sam Clancy, to take a62-49 lead with 3:49 to play. That's when Utah scored eight straight and theTrojans got careless. But they benefited when Jeff Johnsen's two 3-pointattempts were airballs after the Utah closed within three in the final seconds.

Playing at Anaheim Arena for the first time since stunning defendingnational champion Arizona in the West Regional final three years ago, the Uteswere guided by assistant Dick Hunsaker. He's taking over while coach RickMajerus undergoes a month-long rehabilitation from knee surgery.

The Trojans remained without guard Jeff Trepagnier, who was supposed toreturn Saturday after missing the first three games with a fractured foot. Buthe was suspended indefinitely Friday for a trip he took to Las Vegas inSeptember with Fresno State guard Tito Maddox, his former high school teammate,according to sources cited by the Los Angeles Daily News.

The NCAA is investigating how the players paid for the trip.

Georgia Tech beat UCLA 72-67 in the first game of the seventh annualdoubleheader.By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

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