Trojans Defeat Cougars, 78-63

Dec. 29, 2001

Associated Press Writer

PULLMAN, Wash. - Freshman Errick Craven scored 29 points as SouthernCal beat Washington State 78-63 on Saturday for the Trojans' sixth straightvictory.

Sam Clancy added 18 points and 9 rebounds as the Trojans (10-2, 2-0 Pacific10) used a pressure defense to keep Washington State off balance for much ofthe first half.

Washington State (4-6, 0-2) lost its third straight game and has also lostits past six outings against the Trojans.

Clancy scored 10 points in the opening eight minutes as the Trojans built a21-9 lead. Their full-court press held WSU to just three field goals in thatspan.

Washington State went on an 8-3 run, with J Locklier scoring five of his 17points, to close to within 28-23 with 6:31 left in the first half.

Clancy had 16 first half points as the Trojans led 41-35 at halftime. TheTrojans hit 56 percent of their field goals in the half, while the Cougars madejust 43 percent.

David Bluthenthal and Craven each hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Trojansbuilt a 62-49 lead early in the second half. The Cougars never threatenedagain.

Craven connected on 13 of 19 field goals, and three of his four 3-pointattempts.

Marcus Moore added 12 points and Jerry McNair had 11 points and 8 reboundsfor the Cougars, who finished shooting 40 percent from the floor and made just4 of 22 from 3-point range.

The Trojans have now held 11 of their 12 opponents below 70 points thisseason. Pepperdine scored 78 in beating them.

The Cougars played without starter Mike Bush, who is also a wide receiver onthe football team and is in El Paso preparing for Monday's Sun Bowl.

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