Cougars Fall To USC, 78-63
March 10, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Sam Clancy scored 27 points to help USCfinish the regular season with a 78-63 win over Washington State.
USC (21-9, 11-7 Pacific 10) jumped on the Cougars (12-16, 5-13)early, as Clancy scored 11 points in a 20-8 run to start the game. The Trojansextended the lead to 13 at halftime and led by as much as 20 in the secondhalf.
The Trojans opened the second half with thunderous dunks on four of theirfirst five shots. Clancy and David Bluthenthal took turns on five dunks in thefirst six minutes of the half.
The Trojans dominated on the glass all afternoon, out-rebounding WashingtonState 23-10 in the first half, including 10 offensive rebounds to just one forWSU.
Bluthenthal scored 20 points and Brian Scalabrine added 12 to join Clancy indouble figures for the Trojans.
The Cougars were led by Mike Bush with 15 points and center J Locklier with13.
The game ended Washington State's fifth consecutive losing season, althoughthis season was an improvement over the team's 6-22 record last year.
USC will likely win a spot among 65 teams in the NCAA Tournament.