Trojans Top Toreros In OT

Dec. 20, 2001

Behind double-doubles from Sam Clancy and David Bluthenthal, USC's men's basketball team came back from a seven-point second-half deficit and a four-point overtime deficit to defeat San Diego, 71-67, on Thursday (Dec. 20) at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Bluthenthal finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double while Clancy had 12 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth. For Bluthenthal, his 12 points gave him 1,008 for his USC career, becoming the 26th player ever at USC to score 1,000 points and the third active player on this year's team.

Freshman guard Errick Craven led USC with a team-high 13 points, including 4-of-6 on three-pointers, while Desmon Farmer came off the bench to score 12 points.

The Trojans (7-2) trailed San Diego (5-4) by seven points three times in the second half, but a Craven three-pointer with 11 minutes left kickstarted USC's rally. USC reclaimed the lead at 52-51 with 7:59 remaining on a three-point play by freshman center Rory O'Neil.

Down one point again, Craven hit his final three-pointer to put USC ahead 59-57 with 4:20 left. A layup by San Diego's Tom Lippold tied the game at 59 apiece with 3:18 to go. Farmer gave USC a 61-59 lead with a jumper with 1:39 left and Andre Laws tied the game with two free throws with 1:11 to go. Both teams failed to score on their final possessions.

San Diego went out to a four-point lead to start the overtime at 65-61 with 4:00 to go. USC countered, however, with a Clancy layup and two Robert Hutchinson free throws to tie the game with 2:32 left. A Lippold free throw with 2:21 left gave San Diego a one-point lead, but Granville canned a three from the top of the key to put USC ahead 68-66 with 2:11 left.

USC still led 68-67 with less than a minute left when Farmer, with the shot clock nearing zero, connected on a runner in the lane to put the Trojans ahead 70-67 with 34 ticks remaining. San Diego had three shots on their next possession but missed each one with Craven finally pulling down a rebound and getting fouled with six seconds to play. He made his first free throw and missed his second, giving USC its final margin of victory.

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