Bruins Beat No. 22 USC, 85-76
Feb. 8, 2001
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason Kapono scored 20 points and UCLA beat No. 22USC 85-76 on Thursday night, snapping the Trojans' 10-gameundefeated streak at home.
The Bruins (14-6) remained tied for second in the Pac-10 with No. 11 Arizonaat 8-2 and knocked off a Top 25 team for the second time in five days. Theystunned then-No. 1 Stanford 79-73 on the road Saturday.
The Trojans (16-6, 6-4) got swept in the crosstown season series afterlosing 80-75 last month.
USC tied it once and got within one twice, but never took the lead in thesecond half.
Down 71-66, USC was assessed a technical foul when a fan threw a plasticbottle on the court. It occurred after the Pac-10 record crowd of 16,409 hadtwice been warned about tossing items on the Sports Arena floor.
Kapono hit the technical free throw and then Ray Young made a pair afterbeing fouled by Sam Clancy on the play to keep the Bruins ahead 71-64.
Clancy led USC with 17 points before fouling out. Brian Scalabrine had 17points and 11 rebounds and Brandon Granville had 15 points.
The Trojans trailed by five at halftime and were down 50-43 after Kapono hita 3-pointer. Moments earlier, Earl Watson earned his third and fourth fouls andbriefly sat.
Scalabrine, David Bluthenthal and Clancy combined to score USC's first 18points of the second half. Bluthenthal and Clancy dominated an 11-4 spurt thatJeff Trepagnier capped with a dunk off a steal by Granville to tie the game at54 with 11:25 remaining.
Playing with his fourth foul, Watson scored and Gadzuric had a slam dunk toput the Bruins ahead 58-54.
Jarvis Turner scored five straight points to draw the Trojans within onewith 6:26 remaining. But Kapono hit a 3-pointer and Young scored seven ofUCLA's next nine points for a 71-64 lead. That's when the rowdy crowd cost theTrojans a technical.
USC coach Henry Bibby, who starred on three national championship teams atUCLA, fell to 1-10 against his alma mater.
USC's previous largest crowd was 15,517 for a game against UCLA in 1992.