No. 23 Men's Hoops Wins Final Exhibition, 102-85

Nov. 12, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Behind junior forward Sam Clancy's game-high 29 points and senior forward/center Brian Scalabrine's 12 points and game-high 14 rebounds, the No. 23 USC men's basketball team finished its exhibition schedule with a 102-85 win over the Double Pump California Southwest All-Stars in front of 1,030 at the Lyon Center on Sunday night (Nov. 12).

USC played without three of its starters. Senior guard Jeff Trepagnier missed his second game with an injured foot, but he is expected to resume practice Tuesday. Junior forward David Bluthenthal, who returned to practice this week after recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, missed his second game for precautionary reasons. Junior point guard Brandon Granville also missed the game with flu.

Clancy, who made 13-of-16 shots, led five Trojans who scored in double figures. In addition to Clancy and Scalabrine, freshman guard Desmon Farmer scored 15 points and sophomore center Kostas Charissis and sophomore guard Robert Hutchinson (playing in place of Granville) had 12 points apiece.

The Trojans outrebounded their opponent, 47-27, with Clancy getting seven rebounds to go with his game-high scoring effort. Redshirt freshman center Luke Minor had six boards to go with four points.

The All-Stars were led by Kris Johnson's 22 points and 15 points from DeAnthony Langston.

Said USC Coach Henry Bibby: 'We played harder and smarter than we did in our first game. I don't think we played good transition defense and they got some easy baskets.

'I was very pleased with Robert Hutchinson's play. He kept us in the flow and knocked down some open shots. Kostas played well. He rebounded the ball well and changed some shots. Brian, though he didn't score a lot, was great on the boards.'

The Trojans led at the half, 50-37. Clancy made 8-of-9 shots in only 13 minutes in the first frame en route to 17 points. Scalabrine had six points and 10 rebounds in the first half and the Trojans, as a team, shot 62.9% (22-of-35).

USC opens the regular season this Saturday (Nov. 18) against Bradley at the Sports Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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