USC-Washington Preview

Jan. 5, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Coming off a convincing victory and the return of one its key players,Southern California looks for its second straight win to open its Pac-10schedule when it takes on Washington on Saturday.

The No. 20 Trojans (11-2, 1-0) got 17 points from Sam Clancy and anemotional boost from the return Jeff Trepagnier in a 82-59 rout of WashingtonState on Wednesday.

Trepagnier, a senior guard, scored just three points in his return but provided a spark for USC,which had gone 2-2 in its last four after winning its first eight games.

'It was more of an emotional lift knowing we got all the pieces here,'Clancy said. 'He's back now, and everything is good.'

Washington (6-7, 0-1) will be looking to avoid being blown out again. TheHuskies were dominated on the inside by UCLA on Thursday and lost 86-64 atPauley Pavilion. Washington trailed 49-16 at the half.

Freshman guard C.J. Masengale, who entered the contest averaging 2.4 points,scored a game-high 25 points for the Huskies.

'Our energy wasn't there, and they took advantage of it,' Washington coachBob Bender said. 'You could just feel the tightness getting worse and worse.We're not working hard enough to get open, we're settling for jump shots.'

USC has beaten Washington three straight times. The Trojans leadthe all-time series 57-55 dating to 1925.

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