Trojans Outlast Cal St.-Fullerton In OT
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Desmon Farmer hit six consecutive free throws in overtimeand Southern California rallied to beat Cal State-Fullerton 96-90 Tuesdaynight.
The Trojans (3-3) trailed much of the second half and needed a 3-pointer byFarmer with 56 seconds remaining to force overtime tied at 78. His 3-pointattempt to win the game in regulation hit the side of the rim.
Even then, the Titans had a chance to win in regulation. Freshman BobbyBrown, who scored a season-high 27 points, missed on a driving layup. AnthonyBolton added 18 points for Fullerton (2-4).
Rory O'Neil led the Trojans with 21 points, Jeff McMillan added 20 pointsand Farmer finished with 18 points.
In overtime, the Trojans scored the first five points and never trailedagain. Brown and Bolton scored all of Fullerton's points in the extra session.They each had a 3-pointer, giving the Titans 14 3-pointers for the game. Brownhit five of those and Bolton added four.
The Titans trailed 35-33 at halftime, but quickly took control and nevertrailed the rest of regulation.
McMillan scored and Farmer hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 78 with 56seconds left.
The Trojans played their third consecutive overtime game, a first-timestreak for the program. They lost in overtime to UNLV 92-83 on Dec. 3 and beatSt. Mary's 84-83 last Saturday.
The Titans opened the second half with a 19-6 run, including 3-pointers byBrown, Bolton and Pape Sow, to take a 52-41 lead. The Trojans answered withseven straight points to pull within four. Three times USC got within one pointin the final 12 minutes, but couldn't take the lead.
A brief shoving match broke out with 3ï¿½ minutes remaining that earnedoffsetting technical fouls for Fullerton's Babacar Camara and USC's DerrickCraven.
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