USC Tops No. 11 UCLA, 81-77

Jan. 10, 2002

AP Sports Writer

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Freshman Errick Craven scored seven of his 13points in the final 3:18 and Southern California upset No. 11 UCLA 81-77Thursday night to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-10.

The Trojans (13-2, 5-0) won their ninth game in a row and are off to theirbest start since 1975. Coach Henry Bibby improved to 2-9 against his alma mater,where he starred on three national championship teams.

At the buzzer, screaming, dancing fans mobbed center court at the Forum tocelebrate the end of USC's three-game losing skid against its crosstown rival.

The Bruins (11-3, 4-1) had their nine-game winning streak snapped in frontof a rowdy, pro-USC crowd. The game was moved to the Forum from the Trojans'usual home court at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which is being used as apractice rink for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

After UCLA's Rico Hines tied the game at 64, Craven scored seven in a row toput USC ahead for good, 71-66, with 2:14 remaining.

The Bruins fought back with 3-pointers by Matt Barnes, Billy Knight andJason Kapono, but were hurt by key errors. Knight was called for traveling,Hines committed an intentional foul and Barnes tossed a bad pass.

Barnes led UCLA with career-highs of 34 points and seven 3-pointers,including three in the final 4:56. The Bruins had won 13 of the previous 14meetings.

Sam Clancy led USC with 19 points, Brandon Granville added 18, including3-of-4 free throws in the final 17.9 seconds, and David Bluthenthal had 16.

The Trojans maintained their eight-point halftime lead for the first fiveminutes of the second half.

Then UCLA outscored USC 11-5, getting three consecutive 3-pointers, to cutits deficit to 52-50 with 12:03 remaining. Although the Bruins tied the gametwice, they never led in the second half.

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