Men's Hoops Keeps Tournament Hopes Alive With Victory Over Cal
March 3, 2001
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brandon Granville scored 22 points, including four freethrows over the final 1:34, as USC defeated California 74-69Saturday to keep alive its hopes of an NCAA tournament bid.
The Trojans (19-9, 9-7) moved within a game of the Golden Bears (19-9, 10-6)for fourth place in the Pac-10 with two games remaining.
The victory gave USC a season sweep of Cal, which lost for the first time infour years at the Sports Arena. The Bears were swept on their trip to LosAngeles, having lost to No. 12 UCLA on Thursday.
Sam Clancy added 16 points for the Trojans, who had gone 2-4 since beatingCal 80-66 a month ago. Clancy had 25 points in that game, but had slumped to an11.2 average over the last six games.
USC built a 16-point lead with 6:13 remaining on the strength of a 21-7 runin which Granville hit two 3-pointers and David Bluthenthal added one.
But the Bears came back with three 3-pointers in a 17-5 spurt that drew themwithin four with 2:16 to play. Brian Wethers hit two 3-pointers and finishedwith 18 points to lead Cal.
Granville hit two free throws to keep USC ahead 70-64. Joe Shipp cut Cal'sdeficit to four with two free throws.
Jeff Trepagnier missed a corner jumper for USC, but Wethers was called foran offensive foul in the final minute. That gave the Trojans possession, andGranville got fouled. He made both free throws to give USC a 72-66 lead with 27seconds left.
Cal's Sean Lampley, the Pac-10's leading scorer at 20 points a game, hit a3-pointer to make it 72-69 with 18 seconds left. He finished with 11 points.
Shantay Legans missed a 3-pointer and Trepagnier grabbed the rebound, gotfouled and made one of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left to seal thevictory.