Beavers Fall To USC, 73-47
Jan. 27, 2001
By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Brian Scalabrine scored 16 points and David Bluthenthaladded 11 points but saw his free throw streak in conference play end at 42straight as the No. 25 Southern California Trojans beat Oregon State 73-47Saturday night.
Brandon Granville chipped in with 12 points, all on 3-point goals, for theTrojans (15-4, 5-2 Pacific-10).
USC led 30-21 at halftime and opened their lead to 44-25 six minutes intothe second half against the Beavers (8-11, 2-5).
Bluthenthal, who came into the game tied for the Pac-10 record of 41consecutive free throws made in conference play, sank his first of the night,two minutes into the second half, but missed his next with 5:35 remaining.Those were the only two he shot.
Todd Lichti of Stanford had set the conference mark in 1989.
Emonte Jernigan led Oregon State, which was without starting center JasonHeide, with 17 points.
Bluthenthal made a pair of 3-pointers to start USC rolling to a 14-2 lead inthe first seven minutes and the Trojans were in control most of the rest of theway. The Beavers narrowed the gap to three points later in the first half, butUSC pulled away again.
After a miserable start, when Brian Jackson's basket five minutes into thegame was their only score for the first 10:36, the Beavers came back from a14-2 deficit to pull within 22-19 on Jimmie Haywood's two free throws with 3:14left in the half.
Jernigan had ended the long scoreless drought for the Beavers, and his3-pointer with 9:34 remaining in the half began their short-lived comeback.
Oregon State, coming off a 67-40 loss at UCLA that was the Beavers' worstoffensive showing in almost five years, continued that lack of production withthe shaky start against USC - they had five turnovers before they got theirsecond goal.
Heide, the Beavers' leading rebounder (5.1) and second-leading scorer (12.2)was out with an ankle injury.
Oregon State shot just 32 percent (17-of-54) from the floor to the Trojans'46 percent (28-of-61.)
The Beavers have not beaten a ranked team on the road in eight years, withtheir last such victory a 64-63 victory over California at Berkeley on Jan. 9,1993.