Trojans Defeat Cougars, 78-63
Dec. 29, 2001
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press Writer
PULLMAN, Wash. - Freshman Errick Craven scored 29 points as SouthernCal beat Washington State 78-63 on Saturday for the Trojans' sixth straightvictory.
Sam Clancy added 18 points and 9 rebounds as the Trojans (10-2, 2-0 Pacific10) used a pressure defense to keep Washington State off balance for much ofthe first half.
Washington State (4-6, 0-2) lost its third straight game and has also lostits past six outings against the Trojans.
Clancy scored 10 points in the opening eight minutes as the Trojans built a21-9 lead. Their full-court press held WSU to just three field goals in thatspan.
Washington State went on an 8-3 run, with J Locklier scoring five of his 17points, to close to within 28-23 with 6:31 left in the first half.
Clancy had 16 first half points as the Trojans led 41-35 at halftime. TheTrojans hit 56 percent of their field goals in the half, while the Cougars madejust 43 percent.
David Bluthenthal and Craven each hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Trojansbuilt a 62-49 lead early in the second half. The Cougars never threatenedagain.
Craven connected on 13 of 19 field goals, and three of his four 3-pointattempts.
The Trojans have now held 11 of their 12 opponents below 70 points thisseason. Pepperdine scored 78 in beating them.
The Cougars played without starter Mike Bush, who is also a wide receiver onthe football team and is in El Paso preparing for Monday's Sun Bowl.