USC Opens Season With Victory Over Bradley

Nov. 18, 2000

LOS ANGELES - Sam Clancy scored a career-high 31 points as No. 23 USCopened its season with a 107-92 victory over Bradley on Saturday night.

Clancy, a junior who missed 10 games because of a broken foot last season,sent the Braves to their 10th straight defeat against a Top 25 team in thefirst meeting between the schools since 1974.

Jerome Robinson, the last player cut from Canada's Olympic basketball team,led the Braves with a career-high 31 points.

Trailing by one at halftime, the Trojans outscored Bradley 20-9 to start thesecond half. A putback by Clancy gave the Trojans their first double-digit leadof the game, 68-58, with 15:40 remaining.

The Braves had three starters in foul trouble at the break. Reggie Hallpicked up his fourth foul seconds into the second half and Jeffrey Rabey addedthree fouls in the first two minutes to give him four.

USC made 18 of 22 free throws in the second half when the Braves were forcedto foul.

Bradley shot 75 percent in the first half and led by six three times, butthe Braves couldn't maintain it in the second half as the Trojans improvedtheir shooting, including hitting seven 3-pointers.

USC's David Bluthenthal scored 23 points and made all four of his free-throwattempts, extending his streak of consecutive foul shots to 37, dating to thefinal seven games of last season.

The Trojans scored 100 points for the first time since beating San DiegoState 101-54 to open the 1999 season. The Braves hadn't had an opponent go overthe century mark since they beat Loyola of Chicago 111-107 on Dec. 23, 1988, aspan of 309 games.

The Braves were without sophomore guard Andre Corbitt and junior forwardJermaine Brown. Corbitt was suspended for the opener as a result of analtercation at a party last weekend. He traveled with the team, but didn'tdress. Brown left the team this week.

AP Sports Writer

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