Men's Hoops Taken By Trojans, 87-65

Dec. 27, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) - Brandon Granville scored a career-high 27 points to leadSouthern California to an 87-65 victory over Washington Thursday night.

Granville, the Trojans' all-time leader in assists (647) and 3-pointers(188), hit 4-of-6 3-pointers as Southern California won its fifth straight gameand sixth in a row over Washington (6-5, 0-2 Pac-10).

Southern Cal (9-2, 1-0), which reached the Elite Eight in the 2001 NCAATournament, has opened its conference schedule with a win in each of the lastfour seasons.

The Trojans used an attacking defense to force the Huskies into aseason-high 25 turnovers.

Four Southern Cal players reached double figures in scoring, led byGranville. Sam Clancy scored 25 on 11-of-17 shooting. David Bluthenthal had 14,and Errick Craven added 12.

The Huskies were led by Erroll Knight's 13. Josh Barnard added 10. DougWrenn, who entered the game as Washington's leading scorer with a 17.3-pointaverage, was held to eight.

The Huskies never got closer than 15 points in the second half.

Southern Cal jumped out to a quick 13-4 advantage by 3:11 into game. TheHuskies struggled in bringing the ball up the court against the Trojans'full-court pressure defense.

Southern Cal increased its advantage to 16 before the Huskies' Erroll Knightfollowed his 3-pointer with a dunk that cut the lead to 36-25 with 3:40 to playin the half. Granville responded with eight points in the next minute on two3-pointers and a breakaway layin.

Washington couldn't recover, and the Trojans led 48-32 at the half.

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