Men's Hoops Prevails In Exhibition Finale, 83-79
Nov. 9, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Senior point guard Brandon Granville scored a game-high 26 points, including USC's final seven, to pace the Trojans in an 83-79 win over the EA Sports All-Stars in Troy's exhibition finale on Friday (Nov. 9) at the Lyon Center.
As a result, sixth-year coach Henry Bibby started four first-year Trojans, freshman center Rory O'Neil, freshman forward Nick Curtis, freshman guard Errick Craven and junior college transfer sophomore forward Jerry Dupree, along with Granville.
The newcomers came through well for USC. Craven finished with 13 points, Dupree had 12, O'Neil had 11 and Curtis had a game-high 11 rebounds.
'I saw a lot of good things tonight,' Bibby said. 'I was very pleased with the younger guys. Nick, Rory, Errick and Jerry all played pretty well. It was something I hoped to see in our first game, but I had to play some older guys. This is what exhibitions are for, to see what the new guys can bring to the team.'
Granville saw his first action after missing the first exhibition game with an injury to his mouth. Sporting a newly fitted mouthpiece, the fourth-year starter made 8-of-15 shots and was 4-of-7 from behind the arc.
Former Arizona forward Justin Wessel put the All-Stars ahead 77-76 with 1:06 to play. But Granville responded with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 39 seconds left to give USC a two-point lead. The Trojans put together back-to-back defensive stops and Granville hit four consecutive free throws to ice the win.
Former Trojan Adam Spanich, who played for USC in 1998 and 1999, had 15 points, all on three-pointers, against his former team. Guard Maurice Spillers led EA Sports with 24points.
USC has three days to rest before its season-opener against Wyoming in the Preseason NIT on Tuesday (Nov. 13) at the Sports Arena at 6 p.m.