Men's Hoops Annihilates ASU
March 7, 1998
Los Angeles - On "Senior Salute" day, Gary Johnson and Larry Ayuso palyed the best games of their careers and USC played perhaps its best game of the season.
Johnson gunned in a career-high 32 points and Ayuso popped for a career-best 25 as USC routed Arizona State 117-71 and completed an emphatic season-ending sweep of ASU and 2nd-ranked Arizona.
Johnson ingited a Trojan three-point blitz (a season-high 15 treys), sparked a show-stopping slam-fest and incited the crowd of 2,825 into raucous standing ovations throughout the game.
It was USC's (9-19, 5-13) first 100-point effort of the season and fourth highest offensive output in school history. The 46-point margin was the third worst-loss in ASU history.
Trojan Jarvis Turner wrapped up a splendid weekend. The sophomore forward followed up a big 19-point, 11-rebound game against Arizona with another double-double, 14 points and 11 boards, against the Sun Devils.
Freshman point guard Kevin Augustine scored 11, handed out 8 assists, and triggered an unselfish season-high total of 26 assists for the team.
ASU (18-13 8-10) fell behind by 13 in the first four minutes of the game, never threatened, and may have cost themselves an invitation to the NCAA tourney.
USC Coach Henry Bibby -(Would like to play a Pac-10 tourney) "We had two pretty good games at the end of the year, so yeah, I'd like to have another game right now."
"We were ready to play. The win against Arizona gave us a big...boost of confidence. Absolutely this carries over through the summer and into next season. We have a sweat taste in our mouths. It gives us...a morale boost. It's nice to end this way."
USC Guard Gary Johnson - "This was a good day for SC. We gave the fans an insight on what's to come. Hard work really paid off. It was rewarding. I got a lot of open looks."
USC Forward Jarvis Turner - "This is very important for next year. I can't wait. We're trying to get this program to another level."
The game was preceded by USC's annual "Senior Salute" honoring Gary Johnson, Gary Williams, Anthony White and Behzad Souferian.