No. 20 USC Beats San Diego 78-67

Nov. 21, 2000

No. 20 USC 78, San Diego 67

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sam Clancy scored 22 points to lead No. 20 SouthernCalifornia to a 78-67 comeback victory over San Diego on Tuesday night.

The Trojans (2-0) struggled in the first half, and were down 32-28 athalftime. USC took its first lead of the game at 40-39 on Clancy's 3-pointerwith 14:50 remaining.

David Bluthenthal, who set a Pacific-10 Conference record for consecutivefree throws, scored eight of his 10 points during a 14-0 run that put USC upfor good at 56-47 with just under eight minutes remaining.

Brandon Granville added 18 points for the Trojans.

Andre Laws scored 16 and Tom Lippold added 14 points for San Diego (1-1),which pulled to 63-59 with 4:06 to play but could get no closer.

The Toreros opened the game on a 10-0 run, prompting USC coach Henry Bibbyto substitute all five players.

The starters returned to the floor less than a minute later but did littleto slow San Diego, which shot 50 percent in the first half. The Trojans madeonly eight of 28 field goal attempts in the half.

Clancy's 17-foot jumper cut San Diego's lead to 20-13 with 7:49 left in thefirst half.

Robert Hutchinson made a 3-pointer and a 7-0 run that pulled USC withinthree points with 2:59 to play in the half.

Jarvis Turner made a 3-pointer to tie the game, but Lippold scored four ofthe next six points as San Diego took the lead at halftime despite 13first-half turnovers.

In the second half, Southern California shot 62 percent and went 5-of-7 on3-pointers.

Bluthenthal made his first four free throws to stretch his conference-recordtotal to 41 straight. The old mark of 40 was shared by Oregon's John Grieg(1981-82) and Stanford's Todd Lichti (1989). Bluthenthal's streak ended at 41when he missed his next attempt.

It was the first ever meeting between the two schools.

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