Men's Basketball

    Feb. 2, 1998

    Trojans Prepare for Road Trip to Oregon

    swillis photo
    Shannon Swillis.

    LOS ANGELES - The USC men's basketball team (7-12 overall, 3-6 in the Pacific-10 Conference), which broke a four-game losing streak with a 75-69 overtime victory over Washington State on Jan. 31, opens the second half of the Pac-10 schedule with games at Oregon State on Thursday (Feb. 5) and Oregon on Saturday (Feb. 7). USC has lost all five of the Pac-10 games it has played on the road this year. The Trojans, who have been victorious in only three of their last 14 games, have already lost more times than they did in all of last season (11). This season's squad, which has been hampered by injuries since before the start of practice, has been at full strength for only six games this season. USC head coach Henry Bibby is in his second full year at the helm of the Trojan program. Last season, he led Troy to a 17-11 overall record (12-6 in Pac-10 play _ tie for second) and USC's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992.

    GAME #20
    USC (7-12, 3-6) vs. Oregon State (11-10, 1-8) on Thursday (Feb. 5). Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. The game will not be televised live. The contest will be broadcast live on the Trojan Basketball Radio Network on KEZY-FM (95.9).

    GAME #21
    USC (7-12, 3-6 _ plays at Oregon State on Feb. 5) vs. Oregon (8-10, 3-6 _ hosts UCLA on Feb. 5) on Saturday (Feb. 7). Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at McArthur Court in Eugene. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net. The contest also will be broadcast live on the Trojan Basketball Radio Network on KIEV-AM (870).

    LAST TWO GAMES
    On Jan. 31, USC defeated Washington State, 75-69, in overtime before 2,681 at the Sports Arena. Freshman point guard Kevin Augustine led the Trojans with 15 points and seven rebounds. Despite scoring just 23 points in the first half and shooting a season-low 37 percent for the game, USC broke a four-game losing streak in its first overtime game since the 1994-95 season. Freshman Greg Lakey, who finished with a career-high 14 points, hit one of two free throws with 1:17 remaining to tie the game at 56-56. Neither team scored again until Elias Ayuso opened the overtime period with four straight points. Cougar forward Carlos Daniel led all scorers with 22 points and 12 rebounds (his ninth double-double of the season). "You'd think after losing 11 of our last 13 games that our guys would give up, but they didn't," USC head coach Henry Bibby said. "They played their hearts out. Things fell our way. We stayed positive. The freshmen were very, very good. That's the bright spot." On Jan. 29, the Trojans lost to Washington, 101-86, before 2,324 at the Sports Arena in a game marred by 55 personal fouls. The loss broke Troy's six-game winning streak in conference games at home. Junior forward Adam Spanich led all scorers with a career-high 35 points, including seven three-pointers. Led by forward Deon Luton, who finished with 31 points, the Huskies tore up the Trojan defense, shooting 54 percent from the field and 64 percent from three-point land. USC, which has been struggling defensively, gave up 101 points for the second consecutive game. However, the Trojans, who trailed by as many as 31 points with 6:45 left, mounted a rally down the stretch and got within 10 points in the final minute. "We don't give up and that's why I'm pleased," USC head coach Henry Bibby said. "The young guys got us back into it ... Kevin Augustine, Jeff Trepangier, Greg Lakey and Adam Spanich. They played with enthusiasm and they played hard. You see the foundation of this team coming along."

    INJURY REPORT
    The Trojans, who have no injuries to report this week, have had all their players fully available for only six games this season (at home vs. Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State and at Stanford, California and UCLA).

    TOUGH SCHEDULE
    According to last week's Sagarin Basketball Ratings (USA Today _ Jan. 28), USC is playing the 11th toughest schedule in the nation and the second toughest in the Pac-10.

    EQUAL TIME
    Ten Trojans are averaging at least 16 minutes a game. Eleven different USC players have started at least two games this season and no single player has started all 19 games.

    FOR STARTERS
    USC head coach Henry Bibby has already employed 13 different starting lineups this season (17 different players have started for USC since the start of last season in 27 different starting lineups).

    BENCH STRENGTH
    Despite the rash of injuries that has plagued USC this season, the Trojan bench has remained strong. The Trojans are currently getting 40 percent (582-of-1,444) of their points from their subs. In fact, in four games this season the subs have outscored the starters (at Ohio State, 41-32; at Arizona State, 47-34; at Stanford, 41-21; and at UCLA, 43-41).

    LONG DISTANCE OPERATORS
    USC currently is shooting .369 from three-point range this season and could threaten the school record for three-point field goal percentage (.378 in 1991-92). Led by junior forward Adam Spanich, the Trojans have hit 153-of-415 three-point attempts this season. USC has scored 32 percent of its points this season from three-point land (459-of-1,444). Spanich, who leads the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made and attempted, is 58-of-137 from behind the arc (.423), while senior guard Gary Johnson is 30-of-79 (.380). Junior guard Elias Ayuso and senior forward Gary Williams are 28-of-82 (.341) and 13-of-30 (.433) from three-point range, respectively.

    TRUE FRESHMEN IMPACT
    USC's three true freshmen _ Kevin Augustine, Greg Lakey and Jeff Trepagnier _ combined for 37 points, 16 rebounds, four steals and several key plays down the stretch in Troy's 75-69 overtime victory over Washington. For the season, the trio is averaging 17.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. As a group, they have also combined to make 46 steals and 28 blocked shots. In addition to USC's three true freshmen, redshirt freshman forward Shannon Swillis is also making a strong impact on this year's squad. He leads the Trojans in rebounding (6.5 boards per game) and is second in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (1.68).

    BLOCK PARTY
    Despite not having a single player taller than 6-foot-8, the Trojans are leading the Pac-10 in blocked shots per game (4.53). Freshman forward Shannon Swillis leads the way with a team-high 32 blocks this season and true freshman Jeff Trepagnier is second with 12. As a team, USC has blocked nine shots twice this season (against UNLV and Washington State) and Swillis had a season-high six blocks at Long Beach State, which ties him for the most by a Pac-10 player this season.

    35-MINUTE GAME?
    Since the beginning of last season, the Trojans are 21-0 when leading or tied with 5:00 remaining. On the other hand, USC is 0-12 when trailing with 5:00 left this season.

    USC AT HOME
    Dating back to last season, the Trojans are 15-5 in their last 20 games at the Sports Arena and USC is 73-29 (.716) at the Sports Arena since the beginning of the 1991 season, including a 16-game winning streak over a span of the 1992 and 1993 seasons and a seven-game winning streak at the beginning of last season. USC has won seven of its last eight Pac-10 games at home and 11 of its last 13 such encounters.

    SHOOTING WOES
    The Trojans are shooting just 43 percent from the field this season (No. 10 in the Pac-10). USC has shot less than 50 percent from the field in its last 15 consecutive games (Troy is 4-11 in those games) and has hit more than half of its shots in only two of 19 games this season (wins at Sacramento State and against UC Santa Barbara at the Sports Arena). USC has shot under 45 percent in 13 games this season, including its last three contests. When you take away all of their three-point attempts, the Trojans are shooting 46 percent on their two-point attempts.

    ON THE DEFENSIVE
    USC is currently allowing 80.4 points per game (No. 9 in the Pac-10). The Trojans have given up at least 92 points in four of their last five games and allowed two opponents (UCLA and Washington) to score more than 100 points in back-to-back games, which is something that has not happened at USC since the first two games of the 1966-67 season. The Huskies had not scored more than 100 points since the 1991-92 season, a span of 153 games.

    OTHER NUMBERS
    Since the beginning of last season, the Trojans are 16-4 when they outrebound the opposition and 12-5 in games decided by seven points or less (with four of those close losses coming this season).

    USC VERSUS RANKED TEAMS
    USC's game at UCLA (Jan. 21) was its 13th against a ranked foe since December of 1996. The Trojans are 2-11 versus ranked teams during that span. In the wins, USC shocked then-No. 6 (and eventual NCAA champion) Arizona, 75-62, on Jan. 16, 1997, and defeated then-No. 16 Stanford, 84-81, on Feb. 6, 1997. Both games were at the Sports Arena. The losses to ranked teams last season were to North Carolina (No. 14 _ 99-84 in the first round of the Harris Teeter Pepsi Challenge in Charlotte, N.C.), Stanford (No. 21 _ 85-70 at Maples Pavilion), Cincinnati (No. 7 _ 100-81 at the Sports Arena), Arizona (No. 11 _ 101-77 at the McKale Center), UCLA (No. 17 _ 82-60 at Pauley Pavilion) and Illinois (No. 19 _ 90-77 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte, N.C.), and this season, USC lost to New Mexico (No. 10 _ 98-76 at the NABC Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.), Kansas (No. 2 _ 74-69 at the Sports Arena), Arizona (No. 5 _ 91-72 at the McKale Center), Stanford (No. 7 _ 99-62 at Maples Pavilion) and UCLA (No. 9 - 101-84 at Pauley Pavilion).

    NEWS & NOTES
    Street & Smith's 1997-98 Basketball Annual lists the Trojans as one of the 64 teams in the 1998 NCAA Tournament ... According to recruiting expert Bob Gibbons, USC has the second-best 1997 fall recruiting class in the Pac-10 (to Arizona) and ninth-best nationally and said: "This is the best class they've had in awhile . . . maybe ever" ... In the Nov. 1 issue of Basketball Times, USC has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country (based on early commitments as of Sept. 13).

    HENRY BIBBY
    Henry Bibby, a coach with 15 years of college and professional experience and the only player to ever play for an NCAA, NBA and CBA championship team, is in his second full season as the head coach of the USC men's basketball program. He did not waste any time in moving Troy in the right direction. The 1996-97 campaign saw the Trojans finish second in the Pacific-10 Conference and make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1992. USC's 17-11 overall record (12-6 in the Pac-10) last season represented one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation. The previous year, the Trojans went 11-19 and finished ninth in the conference. The seven-game improvement is the third-biggest turnaround in USC history and the seven spot increase in the standings matches a school best. In addition, Bibby's 17-11 mark in 1996-97 is the best by a Trojan coach in his first full year since Forrest Twogood went 21-6 in his debut season in 1951. Bibby was named USC's head coach on March 15, 1996. Bibby joined the Trojan program in May of 1995 as an assistant coach. He was named USC's interim head coach on Feb. 7, 1996, replacing Charlie Parker. Bibby came to USC after coaching a club team in Venezuela in 1995. He was a head coach for eight seasons in the Continental Basketball Association. His teams made it into the CBA playoffs six times and posted a 223-213 regular season record, making him only the fourth CBA coach to post 200 wins. His 1989 Tulsa Fast Breakers squad won the CBA title and he was named CBA Coach of the Year. He also spent three summers (1986-88) head coaching in the United States Basketball League and was the 1986 USBL Coach of the Year while leading the Springfield Fame. In 1987, he was a scout with the NBA's Washington Bullets. He was an assistant at Arizona State for three years (1983-85). Bibby was the starting point guard on three NCAA title teams (1970-72) at UCLA, earning consensus All-American honors while serving as the team's captain as a senior in 1972. The Bruins went 87-3 during his varsity collegiate career. He then played nine years in the National Basketball Association, averaging 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists during his career. He was with the New York Knicks (1973-75), New Orleans Jazz (1975-76), Philadelphia 76ers (1977-80) and San Diego Clippers (1981). In his entire NBA career, Bibby played in 675 games, scored 5,775 points, handed out 2,259 assists and pulled down 1,581 rebounds. In Bibby's rookie year of 1973, his New York Knicks won the NBA title. He made two other appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1977 and 1980 with the Philadelphia 76ers. Immediately following his NBA days, Bibby was a player and assistant coach for the 1982 Lancaster Lightning, which won the CBA title. Bibby was a prep All-American at Person-Albion High in Franklinton, N.C. His brother, Jim, was a pitcher in the major leagues.

    # 3 _ GARY WILLIAMS
    Senior _ forward _ 6-foot-7 _ 235 pounds

    • Currently averaging 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game and shooting 13-of-30 (.433) from three-point range.
    • Played only two minutes against Washington, coming off an illness, and then returned to the starting lineup vs. Washington State.
    • At UCLA, he scored 15 points (6-of-8 from the field, 3-of-3 from three-point range).
    • Against Oregon, Gary notched his first double-double of his USC career with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
    • In the home opener against UC Santa Barbara, he finished with a game-high 19 points, six rebounds and two steals.
    • Against Loyola Marymount, Gary poured in a career-high 23 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists.
    • Last season, Williams (a starter in 21 games) generally played out of position at power forward due to the personnel on the 1996-97 team. This season, Gary will play at his natural position of small forward where he can better utilize his skills on the perimeter (he even played a handful of minutes at point guard at Ohio State).
    • After transferring from Riverside (Calif.) Community College, Williams was a mainstay along Troy's frontline in 1996-97 as a junior. He averaged 7.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest and also shot 76% from the foul line (third on the team).
    • Gary earned an All-Pac-10 All-Newcomer Honorable Mention selection last season.

    # 4 _ ANTHONY WHITE
    Senior _ forward/center _ 6-foot-8 _ 215 pounds

    • Currently averaging 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
    • Against the Washington schools, he scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field.
    • At UCLA, Anthony scored eight points to go along with two rebounds and two steals.
    • Against Oregon, he finished with eight points, four boards and two blocks and hit the winning basket with 32 seconds remaining.
    • At Arizona State, Anthony scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds, both career highs.
    • Played for the first time this season in USC's game against Tennessee and finished with four points and four rebounds.
    • He broke a bone in his right foot on Oct. 13 and missed USC's first nine games of the season.
    • Last season, White played in 19 games as a junior and started twice (vs. Ohio State and at Stanford).
    • He was a junior college All-American in 1995-96 at Los Angeles City College (averaged 24.6 points and 13.8 rebounds as a sophomore) and also played previously at Hutchinson (Kan.) College in 1994-95 (averaged 11.2 points and 7.8 rebounds).

    # 10 _ KEVIN AUGUSTINE
    Freshman _ guard _ 6-foot _ 180 pounds

    • Currently averaging 5.8 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.
    • Against Washington State, Kevin finished with a team-high 15 points and a career-high seven rebounds.
    • Against Washington, he scored a career-high 17 points (4-of-6 from the field) and also had six assists and four steals.
    • At Stanford, he scored 12 points off the bench and made 5-of-7 shots.
    • Against Oregon, Kevin scored eight points before making the key play in the game, blocking a three-point attempt by Duck guard Terik Brown with two seconds left and USC leading 62-59.
    • At Arizona State, he scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting and had three assists.
    • Against Tennessee, Kevin started for the first time in his career and finished with eight points, five rebounds and seven assists.
    • Kevin, who was held out of the Ohio State game due to pain in his shoulder, returned to action against No. 2 Kansas.
    • He did not play at Loyola Marymount due to an illness.
    • At Sacramento State, Kevin played just 16 minutes, but managed eight assists to go along with three rebounds and two points.
    • In the season opener at New Mexico, Kevin finished with five points and three steals in 24 minutes of action off the bench.
    • Has been hampered all season by tendinitis in the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

    # 12 _ JEFF TREPAGNIER
    Freshman _ guard/forward _ 6-foot-4 _ 175 pounds

    • Currently averaging 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
    • Against Washington State, he scored eight points, pulled down six rebounds and made a key block in the final second of regulation.
    • At UCLA, Jeff scored a career-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds and four steals.
    • At California, he came off the bench to score 12 points (4-of-4 from the field, including two spectacular dunks) and also had three rebounds and two steals in only 15 minutes of action.
    • Against No. 2 Kansas, he came off the bench to add six points and seven rebounds.
    • Against UNLV, he contributed with 11 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
    • At Sacramento State, Jeff put on an impressive performance that included seven points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal.
    • In the season opener at New Mexico, Jeff had an explosive fourth quarter (the game was played under experimental rules) by scoring nine points, including two thunderous dunks.
    • Described by USC head coach Henry Bibby as the "steal" of Troy's highly-rated 1996-97 recruiting class, Jeff is an amazingly gifted athlete who hustles all over the court and is already considered among the best leapers in the Pac-10.

    # 13 _ ADAM SPANICH
    Junior _ forward _ 6-foot-7 _ 212 pounds

    • Currently averaging 14.2 points per game (first on the team and No. 16 in the Pac-10) and is 58-of-137 (.423 _ No. 7 in the Pac-10) from three-point range.
    • He leads the Pac-10 in both three-point field goals made (58) and attempted (137).
    • Adam, who has started just five games this season, could have the most prolific scoring season off the bench in school history.
    • He ranks at No. 7 on USC's single-season three-pointers chart (58) and at No. 12 on the career three-pointers made list (58).
    • Has hit seven three-pointers (most by any player in the Pac-10) twice this season (at San Diego State and at home vs. Washington).
    • Against Washington, he scored 35 points (most by a Trojan this season), including seven three-pointers, and also made three steals.
    • At California, Adam finished with 16 points and was 4-of-7 from long range.
    • At Stanford, he started and scored 11 points, making 3-of-5 three-pointers.
    • Against Oregon, Adam started for the first time this season and scored a team-high 15 points, including three three-pointers.
    • At Long Beach State, he led USC with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting and sank his first five three-point attempts.
    • At Ohio State, he recorded the first double-double of his USC career with 21 points (including five three-pointers) and 10 rebounds in only 23 minutes of action.
    • At San Diego State, he poured in 27 points (8-of-13 from the field, 7-of-11 on three-pointers _ his fifth consecutive game in double figures) in 27 minutes off the bench.
    • Against Loyola Marymount, he hit a 19-foot jumper with 24 seconds left to break a tie and lead USC to a 92-88 victory. Adam finished with 13 points and four rebounds.
    • At Sacramento State, he led all scorers with 18 points (4-of-7 from three-point range) and also had six rebounds.

    # 20 _ ELIAS AYUSO
    Junior _ guard _ 6-foot-2 _ 195 pounds

    • Currently averaging 8.2 points per game and is third on the team in three-pointers made (28).
    • In only 46 games as a Trojan, Elias already ranks at No. 9 on USC's all-time career three-pointer list with 77.
    • Against Washington State, he scored the first four points of the overtime period, sparking USC to a 75-69 victory.
    • At Arizona, Elias was back in the starting lineup and scored a season-high 20 points and was 6-of-9 on three-pointers.
    • Missed the Tennessee game with a sprained ankle (the only game he has missed in his Trojan career).
    • Against No. 2 Kansas, he led all scorers with 19 points (5-of-10 from three-point range) and also had two steals, but was sidelined with 3:42 to go with a sprained left ankle.
    • At Ohio State, Elias came off the bench to score 17 points (including three three-pointers) and make three steals. Against UNLV, he had eight points and four assists.
    • Against UC Santa Barbara, Elias scored 18 points (including three three-pointers) and passed out a career-high five assists.
    • Against Loyola Marymount, he scored 14 points and had a career-high five steals.
    • Last year, Ayuso provided a tremendous boost to USC as a sophomore after transferring from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M. He was named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Newcomer first team. Elias shot .398 (49-of-123) from behind the three-point line. He averaged 8.9 points per game and his three-point percentage ranked him at No. 10 in the Pac-10.
    • Ayuso's real first name is Elias, but he also goes by the names "Larry," a moniker he gave himself as a youngster living in the Bronx, or "L-Train." Ayuso was born in Puerto Rico, where his nickname is "el rifle" (which means the rifle and is pronounced REEF-lay), but grew up in New York City and then moved to Roswell, N.M. Incredibly, he first played organized basketball in the fall of 1993.

    # 21 _ JARVIS TURNER
    Sophomore _ center/forward _ 6-foot-8 _ 230 pounds

    • Currently averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
    • At UCLA, he scored 12 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds and three steals.
    • At California, Jarvis returned to the starting lineup and scored 17 points (14 in the first half). He also had a team-high seven rebounds.
    • At Stanford, scored 15 points off the bench and also had two blocks.
    • Against Oregon State, he came off the bench to chip in with six points and a team-high seven rebounds.
    • Jarvis, who had missed the previous six games after fracturing a bone in his left hand in the first half against UNLV on Dec. 2, returned to action against Oregon and finished with four points and four rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
    • Before his injury, Jarvis had a good game going against UNLV, scoring six points in the first eight minutes of the contest.
    • At San Diego State, he scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.
    • In the home opener against UC Santa Barbara, Jarvis finished with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.
    • Against Loyola Marymount, he scored a career-high 19 points and also had six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
    • In the season opener at New Mexico, he scored 18 points and also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
    • Last season, Jarvis averaged 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a true freshman. For his efforts, he earned an All-Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention selection.

    # 22 _ SHANNON SWILLIS
    Freshman _ forward _ 6-foot-6 _ 225 pounds

    • Currently USC's leading rebounder (6.5 boards per game).
    • He also has a team-high 32 blocks this season (1.68 per game _ No. 2 in the Pac-10) and is second on the team in minutes (438).
    • Against Washington State, Shannon finished with six rebounds, four points and four blocks.
    • At Arizona, he had nine points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.
    • Against Tennessee, Shannon finished with a career-high 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. He did all of that in 35 minutes of action, but did so without committing a foul or turnover.
    • At Long Beach State, he scored 10 points to go along with eight rebounds and six blocked shots.
    • Against No. 2 Kansas, Shannon finished with seven points and six rebounds in only 17 minutes of action.
    • At Ohio State, he made the first start as a Trojan and responded with eight boards, three assists, two points and two blocks.
    • Against UNLV, Shannon yanked down a career-high 15 rebounds, the most by a Trojan since Jaha Wilson (15) in 1996.
    • Against UC Santa Barbara, Shannon continued his excellent work on the glass, pulling down 10 rebounds.
    • Swillis was one of USC's three freshmen who were expected to play key roles last season. However, he broke a bone in his right foot before the start of the campaign. He returned to practice in mid-January, but did not play and was redshirted.

    # 24 _ KEN SIMS
    Senior _ guard/forward _ 6-foot-5 _ 200 pounds

    • Currently averaging 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and is shooting 12-of-37 from three-point range (.324).
    • At Arizona State, Ken scored 10 points off the bench.
    • He started at small forward against UNLV and responded with 10 points and 12 rebounds, recording the first double-double of his USC career and the first by a Trojan this season.
    • At Sacramento State, Ken scored six points and grabbed four rebounds.
    • In the season opener at New Mexico, he was 3-of-4 from the field and finished with eight points, five rebounds and two assists.
    • He played in 25 games last season as a junior after transferring to USC from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M., averaging 4.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest.

    # 25 _ GARY JOHNSON
    Senior _ guard _ 6-foot _ 175 pounds

    • Currently averaging 11.5 points (second on the team), 4.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
    • At California, he led the Trojans with 18 points and hit four three-pointers.
    • Against Oregon State, he scored a team-high 19 points, including three three-pointers and also had five assists and three rebounds.
    • Played the full 40 minutes and scored a career-high 30 points at Arizona, going 9-for-16 from the floor, 4-for-9 on three-pointers and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, while adding eight assists. Arizona head coach Lute Olson said of Johnson after that game, "He was the best player on the court tonight, without a doubt."
    • At Ohio State, Gary scored 16 points, sinking four three-pointers, and also chipped in with four assists and three rebounds.
    • Against UNLV, he scored 18 points and also had five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
    • Against UC Santa Barbara, he scored 13 points, had eight assists and made a career-high six steals.
    • Against Loyola Marymount, Gary was one of the key players of the game, hitting four clutch free throws in the final 64 seconds. He finished with 15 points and eight assists to go along with four steals (one of which sealed the victory in the closing seconds).
    • Johnson also goes by the nickname "To-To" (pronounced TOO-too), which he has had practically from birth.

    # 31 _ BEHZAD SOUFERIAN
    Senior _ guard _ 6-foot-2 _ 170 pounds

    • Souferian scored a season-high five points at Arizona.
    • At Arizona State, Behzad hit a three-pointer with 5.3 seconds left to cut the Sun Devil lead down to 82-81.
    • He is 9-of-18 from three-point range in his Trojan career.

    # 44 _ GREG LAKEY
    Freshman _ forward/center _ 6-foot-8 _ 200 pounds

    • Currently averaging 5.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
    • He has started 13 games this season as a true freshman.
    • Against Washington State, Greg finished with a career-high 14 points (5-of-6 from the field) and eight rebounds.
    • Against Washington, he scored 13 points (5-of-7 from the field).
    • At Long Beach State, Greg finished with seven points, five rebounds and three steals.
    • Playing against No. 2 Kansas' powerful frontcourt (which included All-American Raef LaFrentz), Greg nearly posted a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down nine rebounds. He also had three steals and a blocked shot.
    • At Ohio State, Greg scored nine points and also pulled down three rebounds and made two steals.
    • At Sacramento State, he played an all-around strong game, finishing with six points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
    • In the season opener at New Mexico, he scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds off the bench in 24 minutes of action.