Cougars Fall To USC, 85-64
Jan. 4, 2002
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - David Bluthenthal scored 16 points as Southern Caldefeated Washington State, 85-64, Friday night in a Pacific-10 Conference game.
Brandon Granville and Desmon Farmer also scored 15 points each for SouthernCal, while Sam Clancy added 14 and freshman center Rory O'Neil contributed 11off the bench. The Trojans (11-2, 3-0 in conference play) won their seventhconsecutive game.
Marcus Moore had 15, Milton Riley 14 and Mike Bush 10 points for WashingtonState (4-7, 0-2) before a crowd of 3,923 at the Great Western Forum. The gamewas played at the Forum because Southern California's usual court, the LosAngeles Memorial Sports Arena, is being used for practice for the U.S. FigureSkating Championships.
The Trojans took the lead for good midway through the first half, scoringsix unanswered points to break an 18-18 tie. Southern California went on a 10-1later in the first half and went in leading 44-31 at halftime.
Granville's 3-point basket began a 7-0 run which put Southern Californiaahead, 57-38, with 13:45 to play. After a basket by Bush stopped that run, theTrojans outscored the Cougars, 11-1, increasing its lead to 26 points, 68-42,with 8:36 left.
Clancy moved into 10th place on the Trojans' career scoring list with hisfirst basket. He has 1,261 points in his collegiate career, 57 behind GusWilliams, who is ninth on the Trojans' career list.
Southern California increased its wining streak over Washington State toseven games.