Trojans Outlast Cal St.-Fullerton In OT
Dec 10, 2003
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Desmon Farmer hit six consecutive free throws in overtimeand Southern California rallied to beat Cal State-Fullerton 96-90 Tuesdaynight.
The Trojans (3-2) trailed much of the second half and needed a 3-pointer byFarmer with 56 seconds remaining to force overtime tied at 78. His 3-pointattempt to win the game in regulation hit the side of the rim.
Even then, the Titans had a chance to win in regulation. Freshman BobbyBrown, who scored a season-high 27 points, missed on a driving layup. AnthonyBolton added 18 points for Fullerton (2-4).
In overtime, the Trojans scored the first five points and never trailedagain. Brown and Bolton scored all of Fullerton's points in the extra session.They each had a 3-pointer, giving the Titans 14 3-pointers for the game. Brownhit five of those and Bolton added four.
The Titans trailed 35-33 at halftime, but quickly took control and nevertrailed the rest of regulation.
McMillan scored and Farmer hit a 3-pointer that tied the game at 78 with 56seconds left.
The Trojans played their third consecutive overtime game, a first-timestreak for the program. They lost in overtime to UNLV 92-83 on Dec. 3 and beatSt. Mary's 84-83 last Saturday.
The Titans opened the second half with a 19-6 run, including 3-pointers byBrown, Bolton and Pape Sow, to take a 52-41 lead. The Trojans answered withseven straight points to pull within four. Three times USC got within one pointin the final 12 minutes, but couldn't take the lead.
A brief shoving match broke out with 3ï¿½ minutes remaining that earnedoffsetting technical fouls for Fullerton's Babacar Camara and USC's DerrickCraven.
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