Basketball Defeats UCSB, 73-62

Nov. 26, 2001

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LOS ANGELES - David Bluthenthal scored 19 points and Sam Clancy added18 as Southern California beat UC Santa Barbara at its own 3-point game,winning 73-62 Monday night.

The Gauchos shot better from 3-point range (44 percent) than from the field(34 percent) in the first half, when they led most of the way.

Santa Barbara (2-1) hit eight 3s in the game, but its productivity fell offafter three long-range baskets early in the second half.

The Trojans (2-1) were just 1-of-11 from long-range in the first half andlooked like they did in shooting a combined 11 percent on 3-pointers in theirfirst two games.

Part of the rust was due to a 10-day layoff since USC lost to Fresno Statein the second round of the Preseason NIT.

After falling behind by eight points midway through the second half, USCawoke with a barrage of 3s.

The Trojans hit four consecutive 3-pointers, including three by Bluthenthal,to take a 50-48 lead with 8:46 remaining.

They weren't done yet.

Clinging to a 56-53 lead, USC got three 3-pointers in a row - one fromBrandon Granville and two by Bluthenthal to extend its lead to 65-59 with 2:53remaining.

The Trojans made a key addition when Robert Hutchinson came in to replaceGranville at point guard with 12:20 remaining. Granville stayed in the game,but moved to the perimeter where his outside shooting helped.

Shortly after, the Trojans came alive from long-range.

Santa Barbara was led by Mark Hull with 17 points.

The Trojans trailed nearly the entire first half before taking their firstlead, 29-28, on a dunk by Clancy off an alley-oop pass from Granville with 2:08remaining.

The basket came near the end of a 21-8 run that helped the Trojans close outthe half ahead 31-30 on an inside basket by Errick Craven with 3 secondsremaining.



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