Trojans Topple UNLV, 98-73

Feb 9, 2003

LAS VEGAS (AP) - UNLV kept turning the ball over, and USC kept scoring. The Trojans took advantage of 34 Rebels turnovers to defeat UNLV 98-73 Sunday afternoon.

Desmon Farmer scored 22 points to lead the Trojans while Derrick Craven scored 17 points, and Errick Craven added 15 points and six steals.

'The coaches kept us well prepared,' Derrick Craven said. 'Everybody knows what they're supposed to do.'

The Trojans (10-9), who forced 34 turnovers and turned them into 42 points. Jerry Dupree had 13 points and Roydell Smiley added 12 for Southern California, which was 38-of-74 from the field.

Jermaine Lewis had 14 points for UNLV (13-7), while Dalron Johnson added 13 and Demetrius Hunter 12.

USC coach Henry Bibby said the Rebels scored as much as any team the Trojans have played this year. 'There is no better guard in the country than (Marcus) Banks,' Bibby said of UNLV's point guard.

'We played very, very well,' Bibby added. 'We got easy baskets and anytime you get easy baskets and play defense, you have a chance to win the game.'

UNLV led 15-6 when the Trojans went on a 19-7 run to take a 25-22 lead with 9:45 left in the first half. UNLV retook the lead briefly at 26-25, but USC went ahead for good a layup by Farmer with 8:28 left in the half.

That basket started a 17-4 run that gave the Trojans a 44-30 lead with 1:57 left in the half. The Trojans led 45-33 at halftime as the Rebels committed 17 turnovers.

'Our judgment about what we can and cant do was absolutely atrocious,' UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour said.

Southern California led by 28 points in the final two minutes of the game.

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