Arizona Downs USC

Feb. 17, 2001

By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Gilbert Arenas scored 27 points and missed just one shotSaturday as eighth-ranked Arizona routed Southern California 105-61, one of theworst defeats in the Trojans' history.

Arenas was 8-of-9 from the floor, missing just one jumper. He made all fiveshots from 3-point range, and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.The 6-foot-3 sophomore also had five assists and three rebounds.

Arenas' backcourt mate, Jason Gardner, scored 31 points, going 6-of-7 from3-point range as the Wildcats hit 14-of-19 from beyond the stripe and shot 54percent from the floor.

Brian Scalabrine led the Trojans with 20 points, but was the only USC playerin double figures.

The Trojans, who also lost to Arizona by 44 points in 1988, came close tothe school record for most lopsided defeat - a 54-8 loss to Los Angeles YMCA in1917.

The Wildcats took control early and completely overpowered thefrigid-shooting Trojans.

With Arizona (18-7, 10-3 Pac-10) playing aggressive, efficient defense, theTrojans (17-7, 7-5) made just six of 34 shots in the opening 20 minutes andfinished the game with at 30 percent.

USC went through two stretches totaling more than 10 minutes without abasket in the first half on their way to 17.6 percent shooting that left ittrailing 46-23 at halftime.

The Wildcats also outrebounded USC 26-17 in the first half and finished witha 48-31 edge.

The Trojans went the first 3:45 of the game without a basket and fell behind8-1. Then Jarvis Turner's layup 38 seconds before halftime was their onlybasket in the final 7 1/2 minutes of the half.

Arenas has led the Wildcats in scoring in seven of their last 12 games,including a career-high 30 points in a 79-77 overtime loss at UCLA on Thursday.

Last season, the Wildcats were 16-0 in the Pac-10 and ranked No. 2nationally coming into the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but USC beat them 80-72,Arizona's third loss in their last four games on the Trojans' court.

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