Beavers Fall To USC, 64-51

Jan. 31, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Sam Clancy had 17 points and 10 rebounds as No. 23Southern California beat Oregon State 64-51 on Thursday night.

Brandon Granville also scored 17 points and David Bluthenthal added 11 asthe Trojans opened a big first-half lead and coasted the rest of the way.

The Trojans (16-4, 8-2 Pac-10) share first place in the conference withOregon, and the teams meet Saturday in Eugene.

Jimmie Haywood scored 14 points and Brian Jackson and Philip Ricci eachadded 11 for Oregon State. The Beavers (10-10, 3-7) were coming off animpressive road sweep over the Washington and Washington State, but had troublewith the step up in class.

Clancy's double-double was his sixth in a row, the longest such run for aTrojan since Ron Riley opened the 1971-72 season with eight straight.

Bluthenthal scored 11 consecutive points, his entire output for the game,during a 16-0 run that put the Trojans ahead 26-11 late in the first half.

His streak came on consecutive 3-pointers, a three-point play and a layupfollowing an offensive rebound.

The Beavers never really recovered. They were able to trim the lead to ninepoints with 4:23 to play, but Clancy responded with a three-point play to endthe mild threat.

For the game, the Trojans shot 51 percent and held to Beavers to 40 percent.

In about the only thing that went wrong for the Trojans, Granville saw hisconsecutive free throw streak end at 34 when he missed two in the game's finalminute.

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