Huskies Fall To USC, 94-74
Jan. 6, 2002
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Southern California's Henry Bibby has a problem anycoach would love: a lot of players who can provide double-figure scoring.
David Bluthenthal scored 18 points and four others had at least 15 as theTrojans defeated Washington 94-74 Sunday for their eighth consecutive victory.
'We had an abundance of guys show up and that makes it much easier. We getmore people to give us a little more each game,' Bibby said. 'We can go tothe bench and all these guys have won games for us.'
The Trojans (12-2, 4-0 Pac-10) completed a sweep of the Washington schools,and also swept the Huskies (6-8, 0-4) for the third consecutive season. USC won87-65 in Seattle on Dec. 27.
'On any given night any one of us can go for 20 and other guys play well,'Bluthenthal said. 'We won all four games pretty handily, so that shows uswe're playing 40 minutes now. We're not playing down to our opponents.'
Doug Wrenn scored a career-high 29 points to lead Washington, which lost itssixth straight game overall and seventh in a row to the Trojans, who also beatthe Huskies seven straight from 1966-69.
'I don't understand our swagger. I guess you can blame it on youth. Whenthe season started, we thought we could beat the USCs and UCLAs. It's not hisfault,' he said, referring to coach Bob Bender. 'Some people have to look atthemselves, look at their own issues. It's not about how many points you score,it's about the team.'
The Trojans improved to 8-5 at the Forum, where they'll take on crosstownrival No. 14 UCLA, also 4-0 in the Pac-10, on Thursday.
'We knew we had to win to keep up with UCLA,' said Bibby, who was a starguard for the Bruins on three national championship teams.
USC is playing three consecutive games in Inglewood while the Los AngelesSports Arena is used as a practice rink for the U.S. Figure SkatingChampionships.
The Trojans also had five players in double figures in an 85-64 victory overWashington State on Friday. On Sunday, Sam Clancy, Brandon Granville andfreshman Errick Craven each had 17 points and Desmon Farmer added 15.
The Huskies led once early in the game before USC built a double-digit leadit never came close to surrendering. Farmer scored nine of USC's 13 points inone stretch to give the Trojans their largest lead of the first half, 47-23.
In the teams' previous meeting 10 days ago, USC also opened fast and neverlooked back. Granville scored a career-high 27 points and Clancy had 25.
The Trojans' forced 26 turnovers, and outscored Washington 32-12 off themiscues.
'It's the same type of performance we saw at our place, and we added to ourproblems with turnovers,' Bender said. 'USC had things pretty much their ownway. I thought we'd be more prepared mentally and I thought we'd handle theirphysicalness.'
This time, USC led 51-30 at halftime and stretched its lead to 79-47 on twofree throws by Farmer with 8:35 remaining. Clancy scored 11 straight points tohelp build that lead.
Wrenn scored 13 of Washington's 15 points during a five-minute stretch whenthe Huskies' deficit hovered at 31.
Washington became just the second opponent to score more than 70 pointsagainst USC this season. Pepperdine did so in a 78-77 upset on a last-second3-pointer at the Forum last month.