USC Cruises Past Arizona State, 77-58
Jan. 20, 2001
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
Brian Scalabrine, scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting in a 91-83 loss at Arizonatwo days earlier, was 5-of-6 this time and contributed 13 points as the Trojans(13-4, 3-2) snapped a two-game skid.
Donnell Knight had 17 for the Sun Devils (8-9, 0-6), who were trying to beatUSC in Tempe in successive years for the first since 1983-84. But he had onlyfive points in the second half, getting two late field goals after the game wasout of reach.
Tommy Smith had 10 points before fouling out with 4:21 to go, and AwveeStorey had 11 rebounds, but missed his fifth straight double-double by a fieldgoal.
Arizona State has lost seven of its last eight after posting a better recordthan rival Arizona, the preseason No. 1, before starting conference play.
The Sun Devils beat USC 93-81 last season, and the game ended in violencewhen the Trojans' Jeff Trepagnier punched Storey. ASU complained before thegame that practice balls offered to the Trojans were returned with obscenitiesscratched in them.
There was no trouble this time, and the Trojans took the suspense out of thegame early as Trepagnier, starting his fourth game after having his eligibilityreinstated by the NCAA, and Storey played without any confrontations.
The Trojans went ahead 41-28 late in the first half, and Arizona State neverthreatened after Scalabrine scored seven points during a 19-8 run to start thesecond half.
Clancy, who had 19 points in the first half, got his first basket of thesecond with 11:44 remaining in the game to give USC a 60-36 lead.
The Trojans made just one field goal after that, riding out the win at thefree-throw line.
Clancy had 10 points during a 14-2 run that made it 29-23 for the Trojanswith 6:38 left in the first half.
Knight and Glanville then exchanged 3-pointers, and Smith made ArizonaState's last basket of the half with 4:37 to go. Glanville made another3-pointer and four free throws as USC finished the half with a 9-0 surge.