Jan. 10, 1998
Trojans Rally Past Oregon State, 71-67
Los Angeles - Guard Gary Johnson scored 19 points and buried a tie-breaking 3-pointer with four minutes remaining to lead USC (6-8 2-2) over Oregon State, 71-67 at the Sports Arena.
Trailing by 12 early in the second half, the Trojans rallied for their third straight victory over the Beavers and a weekend sweep of the Oregon schools.
Buoyed by a full roster, instead of a roster full of injuries, it was a team effort.
Adam Spanich hit 6 free throws late in the second half and finished with 14. Gary Williams added 11.
Johnson, Wiliams and Spanich combined to shoot a dead-eye 14-of-15 from the line.
Back from a broken hand, 6-8 Jarvis Turner grabbed 7 rebounds and scored 6 points, most coming in the second half.
The Men of Troy have now won 6 Pac-10 home games in a row and 10 of their last 11.
OSU (9-6 0-4) forward Corey Benjamin put on a high-flying show with four dunks and scored 15 points, but only four in the second half.
Never far from an injury to a key contributor, bulky Anthony White landed awkwardly on his right foot and left the game at 14:36 of the second half.
Next, the Trojans travel to Cal and Stanford.
USC Coach Henry Bibby - "It wasn't as ugly as Thursday. We came out with a fire in the second half. Jarvis Turner rebounded. He was a force inside. Once he gets back in the flow, he's going to be a big plus for us."
USC Forward Gary Williams - "We were defensive-minded in the second half. It's about stops. Coach said we have to play defense, and defense will create offense. That's what turned it around."
New Football Coach Paul Hackett was introduced to the crowd in the second half.
Laker executives Jerry West and Mitch Kupchak scouted the game.
USC entered the game shooting .384 percent from 3-point range and could break the school record of .387 set in the 1991-92 season.
Forwards Gary Williams and Spanich are both a shooting 42 percent beyond the arc and Johnson is at 41 percent.