Men's Basketball Prepares to Host Bay Area Schools|
Feb. 9 , 1998
LOS ANGELES - The USC men's basketball team (7-14 overall, 3-8 in the Pacific-10 Conference), which opened the second half of the Pac-10 schedule with a pair of losses to the Oregon schools last week, hosts California on Thursday (Feb. 12) and No. 13 Stanford on Saturday (Feb. 14). Both games are at the Sports Arean, where the Trojans are 3-1 in Pac-10 play. USC, which has been victorious in only three of its last 16 games, has already lost three more times than it did in all of last season (11). 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.
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NEWS & NOTES
Senior _ forward _ 6-foot-7 _ 235 pounds
- Currently averaging 8.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game and shooting 13-of-32 (.406) 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 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
- At Oregon State, Anthony scored 10 points to go with eight rebounds.
- 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 5.9 points, 3.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.
- He has led the Trojans in assists nine times this season.
- 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.
- His father, Irby, played football at Cal, where he was the team captain and an All-Pac-8 first teamer in 1969.
# 12 _ JEFF TREPAGNIER
Freshman _ guard/forward _ 6-foot-4 _ 175 pounds
- Currently averaging 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
- Last week at the Oregon schools, Jeff scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds.
- 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 13.8 points per game (first on the team) and is 63-of-144 (.438 _ No. 4 in the Pac-10) from three-point range.
- Adam leads the Pac-10 in both three-point field goals made (63) and attempted (144).
- He ranks at No. 4 on USC's single-season three-pointers chart (63) and at No. 11 on the career three-pointers made list (63).
- 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).
- At Oregon State, he scored a team-high 14 points and was 4-for-4 from three-point land.
- Against Washington, he scored 35 points (most by a Trojan this season), including seven three-pointers, and also made three steals. Adam's 35 points represents only the 27th time in USC history that a player has scored 35 or more points and only 11 other Trojan players have scored 35 or more points.
- 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 8.4 points per game and is third on the team in three-pointers made (33).
- In only 48 games as a Trojan, Elias already ranks at No. 9 on USC's all-time career three-pointer list with 82.
- Last week at the Oregon schools, he scored 19 points off the bench and hit five three-pointers.
- 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 10.2 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 (6.3 boards per game).
- He also has a team-high 33 blocks this season (1.57 per game) and is second on the team in minutes (476).
- 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
- Suspended indefinitely for disciplinary reasons.
- Currently averaging 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 12-of-38 from three-point range (.316).
- 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 11.4 points (second on the team), 3.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 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 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
- He has started 15 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.