Trojans Lance Lions, 81-67

Dec 23, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sam Clancy bounced back after a sluggish first half, andreserve Robert Hutchinson provided Southern California with a much-needed sparkSaturday night as the Trojans rallied to beat Loyola Marymount 81-67.

The Trojans (8-2) trailed 39-30 at halftime, and 49-34 before turning thingsaround, outscoring the Lions 47-18 to finish the game.

Clancy scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, and had 14 rebounds.While he was dominating the inside, Hutchinson was making his presence feltfrom the perimeter. The junior guard scored all 10 of his points in the secondhalf - six on a pair of 3-pointers.

After the Lions made four of their first five shots of the second half toextend their lead to 15 points, the Trojans went on a 15-0 run to tie the game,fueled in part by the consecutive 3-pointers by Hutchinson.

Shortly thereafter, USC took control of the game for good. Back-to-back3-pointers by Desmon Farmer and David Bluthenthal gave the Trojans a 67-56lead, meaning they had outscored the Lions 33-7.

Greg Lakey, who began his college career at USC, led Loyola (6-5) with 14points and nine rebounds.

It was the second time in a week that the Lions blew a large second-halflead against a nonconference opponent. Loyola led UNLV by 16 points at halftimeon Dec. 15, but ultimately lost a 70-68 decision.



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