Knight Slays Trojans As No. 15 Bruins Come Through With 67-65 Win
Feb. 6, 2002
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Billy Knight's 3-pointer as time expired gave No. 15 UCLAa 67-65 victory over No. 25 Southern California on Wednesday night and theBruins avoided their first sweep by the Trojans since the 1991-92 season.
Brandon Granville's two free throws with 33 seconds left put USC ahead 65-64as the Trojans capped a comeback from a 61-50 deficit with 5:53 remaining.
Following a timeout, the Bruins ran down the clock, with Cedric Bozemanmissing a shot and Dan Gadzuric grabbing the offensive rebound, but missing theputback. Gadzuric again got the rebound then passed to Knight for the winningshot.
UCLA lost to the Trojans 81-77 on Jan. 10.
Sam Clancy had 24 points and 14 rebounds for USC (16-6, 8-4), his eighthstraight double-double. The streak is the longest by a Trojan since Ron Rileyachieved the feat to start the 1971-72 season.
UCLA trailed 39-33 at halftime, but quickly pulled into a 40-40 tie asKapono had five points during a 7-1 run to open the second half. DavidBluthenthal's tip-in put Southern California ahead 42-40 with 16:46 left, butthe Trojans would not score again for more than four minutes as the Bruins tooka 47-42 lead.
Kapono had all eight points in an 8-2 run which put the Bruins ahead 61-50.Southern California cut the lead to 61-56 1:34 later on baskets by Rory O'Neil,Granville and Clancy. Bluthenthal's 3-pointer capped 7-2 run which pulled theTrojans within 64-63 with 1:38 remaining.
Clancy scored the Trojans' first 10 points and 12 of their first 14.
Little-used senior guard Gennaro Busterna, a junior college transfer, addeda career-high 12 points in 21 minutes for USC, which has lost its last ninegames at Pauley Pavilion. Granville added 11 points.