Jan. 29, 1998
Men's Basketball Falls, But Provides Excitement
Los Angeles - Coach Henry Bibby's young and improving Trojans are earning a reputation. They never quit.
Trailing Washington by 31 points with 6:45 remaining in the game, the Trojans had 2,324 in the L.A. Sports Arena on their feet for a comeback that fell short 101-86.
Adam Spanich sparked the rally, nailing SEVEB 3-pointers. A 6-7 forward, Spanich tied a Pac-10 season best and totaled a career-high 35 points. He left the court in the last minute to a standing ovation.
The small and the tall of the talented Trojan freshman class again played well.
6-0 guard Kevin Augustine turned in an exceptional performance with a career-high 17 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. 6-9 center Greg Lakey added a career-high 13 points.
For 30 minutes it was one of the most frustrating nights of the season.
USC's (6-12 2-6) defensive strategy worked, limiting Husky 7-footers Todd Macculloch and Patrick Femerling to a total of just 16 points.
Shut off from inside, the team from Seattle (13-4 6-2) rained a school-record 14 threes on SC.
Guard Deon Luton hit a school-record seven 3-pointers (and a tie with Spanich for the most in the Pac-10 this season) and scored a career-high 31 points.
Next, the Men of Troy host Washington State Saturday at 5 p.m.
USC Coach Henry Bibby - "We don't give up and that's why I'm pleased. 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.
"Deon Luton...we did not find. A third of his shots (this season) have come from that area. He's a streaky shooter."
USC Forward Adam Spanich - "I was coming off of the screens tightly...and releasing the ball quickly. I've been getting into a groove. I'm pleased sparking the team in the second half. But its still a loss."
Coach Bibby used the 12th different starting line-up in 18 games. ... Laker Executive Mitch Kupchak scouted the game.