No. 13 Trojans Take Down Pepperdine 76-73

Dec. 14, 2000

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES) - Brandon Granville sank five of six free throws in thefinal 39 seconds as No. 13 Southern California held off Pepperdine 76-73Thursday night.

Glen McGowan missed an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer that would haveforced overtime for the Waves (5-3).

The Trojans survived their fourth straight squeaker to remain undefeated inseven games. They've won nine straight dating to last season, tying theirlongest winning streak set during the 1991-92 season.

USC's Brian Scalabrine scored 22 despite four fouls and David Bluthenthalhad 19 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 4:55 left, just as theWaves were threatening to pull off the upset.

Granville finished with 17 points.

Brandon Armstrong scored 18 of his 20 in the second half, and Kelvin Gibbsadded 19 as the Waves had four players foul out.

Armstrong hit a 3-pointer to put the Waves within three with 28 secondsremaining. Granville hit two free throws to keep the Trojans ahead 75-70.

But Tyler Murphy got fouled and missed both free throws, then Micah McKinneyhit a 3-pointer to pull Pepperdine within two with 8 seconds left.

Granville was fouled again and made one of two free throws before McGowanmissed at the buzzer.

With 58 seconds left, McKinney had stolen the ball from freshman DesmonFarmer and scored to make it 71-67. Armstrong then fouled Granville, who madetwo free throws in the first of his three trips to the line in the closingseconds.

USC saw its double-digit lead in the second half disappear with 4:48remaining. The Waves closed within six on a three-point play by McGowan beforeScalabrine steadied the Trojans despite picking up his fourth foul in the finalfour minutes.

He scored five straight to keep USC ahead 71-60 with 2:33 remaining. Bythen, Bluthenthal and starting forward Sam Clancy already had fouled out.

Starters Gibbs and David Lalazarian, along with Derrick Anderson and CedricSuitt fouled out for Pepperdine.

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