No. 23 USC Overwhelms Oregon State, 64-51
Jan. 31, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Southern California has more strength and quicknessthan Oregon State. Not surprisingly, the 23rd-ranked Trojans also have morewins.
The Trojans (16-4, 8-2 Pac-10) share first place in the conference withOregon, and the teams meet Saturday in Eugene.
'We're trying to get two,' Trojans coach Henry Bibby said of the trip toface the Oregon schools. 'We did what we wanted to do on the road and now wethink we can get another game.
'That's what we're shooting for. We're not happy with just this game. We'regetting greedy.'
Jimmie Haywood scored 14 points and Brian Jackson and Philip Ricci eachadded 11 for Oregon State. The Beavers (10-10, 3-7) were coming off animpressive road sweep over the Washington and Washington State, but had troublewith the step up in class.
'I didn't think we came ready to play tonight like we did last week,'Beavers coach Ritchie McKay said.
Clancy added 10 rebounds as the Trojans outrebounded the Beavers 35-25.Clancy's double-double was his sixth in a row, the longest such run for aTrojan since Ron Riley opened the 1971-72 season with eight straight.
'Sam Clancy dominated the post against us,' McKay said.
David Bluthenthal scored 11 consecutive points, his entire output for thegame, during a 16-0 run that put the Trojans ahead 26-11 late in the firsthalf.
His streak came on consecutive 3-pointers, a three-point play and a layupfollowing an offensive rebound.
The Beavers never really recovered. They were able to trim the lead to ninepoints with 4:23 to play, but Clancy responded with a three-point play to endthe mild threat.
'We had cushion basically the whole game,' Bibby said. 'You can make afew mistakes and it's not so glaring.'
The Trojans used their athleticism to keep the Beavers out of sync.Employing a full-court press throughout the game, the Trojans forced theBeavers into 16 turnovers. More importantly, however, it kept the Beavers fromgetting into an offensive rhythm.
'We didn't attack it, we broke it to break it,' McKay said. 'We weregetting wide open shots, we just didn't make them. Even when we were attacking,we didn't do the things necessary defensively to win the game.' Trojansfreshman guard Errick Craven said the Beavers aren't the only team to havetrouble against the press.
'We have quickness all over the court,' he said. 'We've been messing witha lot of teams with the press.'
In about the only thing that went wrong for the Trojans, Granville saw hisconsecutive free throw streak end at 34 when he missed two in the game's finalminute.