USC Big Men Too Strong For Cougars

March 10, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- USC's starting front line combined for 59 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Trojans to a 78-63 victory over Washington State Saturday afternoon at Friel Court.

The win improved the NCAA Tournament bound Trojans to 21-9, 11-7 in the Pacific-10. The Cougars finished the season 12-16, 5-13 and in a three-way tie for sixth place, marking WSU's best conference finish since the 1994-95 campaign.

Sam Clancy scored 16 of his game-high 27 points in the first half as the Trojans built a 38-25 halftime advantage. USC scored the game's first six points and held Washington State without a field goal until junior Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) made a layup at the 13:16 mark of the first half.

'We didn't have any emotion,' WSU head coach Paul Graham said. 'We were going through the motions. We got out-hustled, which hasn't happened to us very often this year.'

David Bluthenthal added 20 points and nine rebounds for USC and Brian Scalabrine contributed 12 points and nine boards. The Trojans outrebounded Washington State 45-29.

Bush led the Cougars with 15 points and Pacific-10 Newcomer of the Year J Locklier (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 13 points and seven rebounds. Pacific-10 Freshman of the Year candidate Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) chipped in 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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