Trojans Survive Scare From Matadors
Dec. 5, 2000
LOS ANGELES - David Bluthenthal scored 11 of his career-high 29 pointsover the final 7:56 as No. 12 Southern California held off scrappy Cal StateNorthridge 99-90 Tuesday night.
The Trojans (5-0) trailed much of the second half and were down by fivepoints when Bluthenthal took over. He scored nine straight points in a spurtthat broke an 82-all tie and put USC ahead for good.
Northridge (4-3) came close to knocking off its second Pac-10 opponent,having shocked then-No. 15 UCLA 78-74 on the Bruins' home court Nov. 21. TheMatadors also nearly beat UNLV on the road three days later, losing by onepoint.
John Burrell led Northridge with 21 points, and Brian Heinle added 18.
Freshman Desmon Farmer scored a career-high 21 points, keeping USC in thegame early in the second half before veterans Bluthenthal, Brian Scalabrine andBrandon Granville steadied the Trojans over the final minutes.
Scalabrine added 19 points, hitting five of six free throws in the finalminute when USC finally put the game away. Granville had 15 points, including atimely 3-pointer when the Trojans were clinging to a two-point lead with 4:18remaining.
The Trojans trailed 52-46 at halftime, then scored the first 10 points ofthe second half to take a four-point lead. But Burrell scored four straight totie the game at 56.
Neither team led by more than five points as the teams traded baskets overthe next 10 minutes.
Down 79-74, Bluthenthal scored nine of the game's next 12 points,highlighted by a slam dunk off a steal and a 3-pointer, to give USC the leadfor good.
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer