Trojans Rout Explorers 89-63
Dec 21, 2002
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nick Curtis scored a career-high 21 points to leadSouthern California in a 89-63 rout of La Salle Saturday night at the SportsArena.
Gary Neal scored 21 points for the Explorers (3-4), who lost their thirdstraight.
The teams were tied at 22 when USC went on a 8-0 run to take a 30-22 leadwith 4:52 left in the first half.
La Salle's Rasheed Quadri made two jump shots to narrow the deficit to 30-26but USC responded with another 8-0 run to build a 38-26 halftime lead.
The Explorers closed to within 10 with 16:55 to play but failed to score forthe next 4:19, and did not make a basket for a span of 5:23 later in the secondhalf. The Trojans led by as many as 31 points.
USC guard Robert Hutchinson suffered a sprained ankle while fighting for aloose ball and was carried off the floor with 13:21 left in the first half.Hutchinson leads the Trojans in assists.