Trojans Roll Past Cal, 80-66
Feb. 3, 2001
Sean Lampley matched his career high with 29 points to lead California,which lost at home for the first time this season. The Bears (15-6, 6-3 Pac-10)had won their first 11 games at Haas Pavilion this year, and 14 consecutivedating to last season.
Lampley was the only California player who didn't struggle against USC,which was coming off a 77-71 loss to top-ranked Stanford on Thursday - a gamethe Trojans led by seven at one stretch.
Against the Bears, USC had no such letdown.
The Trojans jumped to an early lead and never looked back, recording 12steals and forcing the Bears into 21 turnovers.
Trepagnier, playing in just his eighth game since returning from a nine-gameteam suspension, matched his career highs in points and rebounds but was morepivotal on the defensive end for the Trojans.
The senior point guard disrupted the Bears offense with five steals and wasparticularly effective in shutting down California guards Shantay Legans andDonte Smith.
Legans scored 15 points for the Bears, but sat out almost 12 minutes of thefirst half after picking up his second foul against Trepagnier at the 14-minutemark. Smith, Legan's backup, missed all five of his shots and committed threeturnovers.
The Trojans led 39-27 at halftime then broke the game open with an 18-3 runto start the second half.
Center Brian Scalabrine scored 15 points for the Trojans and moved intoninth place on USC's career scoring list. He needs just 62 points to move pastGus Williams into eighth place.
The Trojans were nearly flawless in the first half, getting 14 points fromClancy and seven from Trepagnier to build a 39-27 halftime lead.
Lampley scored 16 of his points in the first half, but didn't make a shot inthe second half until more than 12 minutes had passed.
California guard Dennis Gates did not play after undergoing emergencyappendectomy surgery Saturday. Gates, a one-time starter now coming off thebench for the Bears, is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Guard Ryan Forehan-Kellyalso sat out the second half with a migraine headache.
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