Men's Hoops Hosts Arizona Schools
Wildcats are ranked No. 2 in the nation.
March 3, 1998
LOS ANGELES -- The USC men's basketball team (7-19 overall, 3-13 in the Pacific-10 C1onference), which has lost its last seven games, closes out the 1997-98 season at home versus No. 2 Arizona on Thursday (March 5) and Arizona State on Saturday (March 7). USC is 3-4 in conference games at the Sports Arena this season. The Trojans, who lost a pair of games to the Washington schools last week, went winless in Pac-10 games on the road this season (0-9). USC has been victorious in only three of its last 21 games. Arizona, the defending NCAA champions, clinched the 1998 Pac-10 title last week and is gunning to be the first league team to go 18-0 in Pac-10 play. The Wildcats have won their last 19 games. 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.
Probable USC Starting Lineup
Pos. # Name HT CL Notes G 10 Kevin Augustine 6-0 Fr. Avg. 7.8 pts, 3.4 asts. in Pac-10 G 25 Gary Johnson 6-0 Sr. Career-high 30 points at Arizona F 3 Gary Williams 6-7 Sr. 14 points at Washington F/C 21 Jarvis Turner 6-8 So. 12 points, 7 rebounds at UCLA C/F 4 Anthony White 6-8 Sr. 10 points, 8 rebounds at OSU Top Reserves G 12 Jeff Trepagnier 6-4 Fr. 18 points, four steals at UCLA F 13 Adam Spanich 6-7 Jr. Leads team in scoring at 12.5 G 20 Elias Ayuso 6-2 Jr. Career-high 22 points at WSU F/C 22 Shannon Swillis 6-6 Fr. No. 2 in Pac-10 in blocks (1.52) F/C 44 Greg Lakey 6-8 Fr. Career-high 14 points vs. WSU
LAST TWO GAMES On Feb. 28, USC lost at Washington State, 78-71. The Trojans, who led by two points at halftime (37-35) and by as many as five points in the second half, missed three crucial free throws in the final 34 seconds and were called for a crucial intentional foul with 19 seconds left. Junior guard Elias Ayuso led the Trojans with a career-high 22 points off the bench. Senior guard Gary Johnson also chipped in with 17 points for USC. Five Cougars scored in double-figures led by senior forward Carlos Daniel, who finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. USC pulled down a season-low 25 rebounds and managed just seven assists. On Feb. 26, the Trojans lost at Washington, 91-66. The Trojans never led and were down by double-digits early in the first half. Johnson scored 17 points off the bench for USC and senior forward Gary Williams added 14 points, but the Trojans shot just 38 percent from the field. Washington, on the other hand, was hot, making 56 percent of its shots. The Huskies led at halftime, 45-29.
USC AT HOME Dating back to last season, the Trojans are 15-8 in their last 23 games at the Sports Arena and USC is 73-32 (.695) 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 11 Pac-10 games at home and 11 of its last 16 such encounters.
TOUGH SCHEDULE According to this week's Sagarin Basketball Ratings, USC is playing the 27th toughest schedule in the nation. Five of Troy's opponents so far this season have been ranked within the Top 10 at the time of the game and USC's game against No. 2 Arizona (March 5) will mark the eighth time this season that the Trojans have faced a ranked opponent (third ranked within the Top 5).
USC VERSUS NO. 2 TEAMS When USC hosts No. 2 Arizona at the Sports Arena on Thursday night it will be facing a No. 2-ranked team for the second time this season. Earlier this season, the Trojans lost, 74-69, to then-No. 2 Kansas on Dec. 23, 1997. The last time USC beat a No. 2-ranked team was on Jan. 29, 1992, when the Trojans toppled UCLA, 86-82, at Pauley Pavilion (prior to that game, the last time USC defeated a team ranked that highly was when the Trojans beat No. 1 UCLA, 87-86, on March 6, 1970, in Pauley Pavilion -- USC head coach Henry Bibby played in that game for the Bruins, which was one of only three games he lost as a collegiate player).
EQUAL TIME Ten Trojans are averaging at least 17 minutes a game. Eleven different USC players have started at least six games this season and no single player has started more than 21 of Troy's 26 games. On the other hand, only six Arizona and six Arizona State players have started games this season.
FOR STARTERS USC head coach Henry Bibby has already employed 18 different starting lineups this season (17 different players have started for USC since the start of last season in 32 different starting lineups). And Bibby has had three true freshmen (Kevin Augustine, Greg Lakey and Jeff Trepagnier) in his starting lineup five times this season, including four of Troy's last six games.
BENCH STRENGTH Despite the rash of injuries that has plagued USC this season, the Trojan bench has remained strong. The Trojans are currently getting 41 percent (774-of-1,893) of their points from their subs. In fact, in five games this season the subs have outscored the starters (at Ohio State, 41-32; at Arizona State, 47-34; at Stanford, 41-21; at UCLA, 43-41; and at Washington State, 38-33).
LONG DISTANCE OPERATORS USC currently is shooting .362 from three-point range this season. Led by junior forward Adam Spanich, the Trojans have hit 201-of-556 three-point attempts this season and are second in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (7.73 per game). USC has scored 32 percent of its points this season from three-point land (603-of-1,893). Spanich, who leads the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made and attempted, is 70-of-169 from behind the arc (.414), while senior guard Gary Johnson is 45-of-122 (.369). Junior guard Elias Ayuso and senior forward Gary Williams are 38-of-111 (.342) and 18-of-48 (.375) 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 State (Jan. 31), which was the last time the Trojans won a game. For the season, the trio is averaging 16.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. As a group, they have also combined to make 64 steals and 39 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 (5.9 boards per game) and blocked shots (38).
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 (4.46) and total blocks (116). Redshirt freshman forward Shannon Swillis leads the way with a team-high 38 blocks this season (1.52 per game -- second in the Pac-10) and true freshmen Greg Lakey is second with 17. 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 21-1 when leading or tied with 5:00 remaining in regulation play. The loss came at Oregon State (Feb. 5), as USC led, 64-63, with five minutes to play, but ended up losing in overtime, 83-74. On the other hand, USC is 0-18 when trailing with 5:00 left this season.
SHOOTING WOES The Trojans are shooting just .422 from the field this season (No. 10 in the Pac-10). In conference games, USC has had an even tougher time, shooting only .411. Troy has shot less than 50 percent from the field in its last 22 games (Troy is 4-18 in those games) and has hit more than half of its shots in only two of 26 games this season (wins at Sacramento State and against UC Santa Barbara at the Sports Arena). USC has shot under 45 percent in 17 games this season, including seven of its last 10 contests. When you take away all of their three-point attempts, the Trojans are shooting .455 on their two-point attempts.
ON THE DEFENSIVE USC is currently allowing 80.4 points per game (No. 9 in the Pac-10). In conference games, Troy is allowing 82.9 points per game. In a stretch of four games last month (at Stanford, Cal and UCLA and at home vs. Washington), the Trojans gave up at least 92 points in each contest 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.
OTHER NUMBERS Since the beginning of last season, the Trojans are 16-7 when they outrebound the opposition and 12-7 in games decided by seven points or less (with six of those close losses coming this season).
USC VERSUS RANKED TEAMS USC's game against No. 2 Arizona on Thursday (March 5) will be its 16th against a ranked foe since December of 1996. The Trojans are 2-13 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.
USC VERSUS TOP 10 TEAMS When USC hosts No. 2 Arizona at the Sports Arena on Thursday night it will be facing a Top 10 team for the sixth time this season. The Trojans have lost all five of those previous meetings with Top 10 foes -- at No. 10 New Mexico (98-76), to No. 2 Kansas (74-69), at No. 5 Arizona (91-72), at No. 7 Stanford (99-62) and at No. 9 UCLA (101-84). Last season, USC defeated then-No. 6 Arizona, ending a string of eight consecutive losses to teams ranked in the Top 10, but then lost to then-No. 7 Cincinnati. The win over eventual NCAA champion Arizona was Troy's first over a Top 10 team since USC edged No. 4 Arizona, 70-69, at the Sports Arena on March 14, 1992. The Trojans are 6-13 in their last 19 meetings with Top 10 foes. The last time USC won a game on the road against a Top 10 foe was on Jan. 29, 1992, when the Trojans toppled No. 2 UCLA, 86-82, at Pauley Pavilion (prior to that game, the last time USC defeated a team ranked that highly was when the Trojans beat No. 1 UCLA, 87-86, on March 6, 1970, in Pauley Pavilion -- USC head coach Henry Bibby played in that game for the Bruins, which was one of only three games he lost as a collegiate player).
USC VERSUS TOP 5 TEAMS In the 1990s, USC is 5-6 versus teams ranked within the Top 5. The Trojans started out the decade with five consecutive wins over Top 5 teams (No. 5 Arizona [87-83] in 1990-91, and No. 4 Ohio State [79-77], No. 2 UCLA [86-82 -- at Pauley Pavilion], No. 4 UCLA [83-79] and No. 4 Arizona [70-69] in 1991-92).
EARLY START USC's season-opener against New Mexico at the NABC Classic in Albuquerque, N.M. on Nov. 11, represented the earliest start of a basketball season in the history of both teams. The previous earliest regular-season game in Trojan history was on Nov. 16, 1994, when USC hosted New Mexico State in the first-round of the Pre-season NIT. Last season, the Trojans opened the regular season almost three weeks later on Nov. 30, 1996. In fact, USC played five games this season prior to the date of last season's opener and went 4-1 in those contests.
UofA-ASU-USC CONNECTIONS USC head coach Henry Bibby's son, Mike, is Arizona's starting point guard. The Bibby's have combined for four NCAA basketball championships (three for Henry at UCLA and one for Mike last season) ... Trojan freshman point guard Kevin Augustine and Wildcat guard Miles Simon both played their prep basketball at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif. ... Henry Bibby and Trojan assistant coach David Miller are both former Arizona State assistant coaches. Bibby spent three seasons in Tempe (1983-85), while Miller was there for the 1990 season ... USC director of basketball operations Sam Williams was a three-year letterman at Arizona State (1979-81). "Sam-the-Slam" was selected as the Sun Devil's MVP in 1981 after leading Arizona State to a 24-4 record and second-place in the Pac-10, which is still the school's highest finish in 20 years of league play.
NEWS & NOTES 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).
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
* Against Stanford, Gary scored a team-high 18 points, pulled down eight rebounds and was 4-of-7 from three-point range.
* 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.
* 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
* Against UCLA, he finished with 12 points (tied career high), eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
* 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.
* 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
* Currently averaging 6.1 points, 3.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. In Pac-10 games, he's averaging 7.8 points and 3.4 assists.
* He has led the Trojans in assists 12 times this season, including nine of the past 12 games.
* Against UCLA, Kevin scored 12 points and also had four assists and three rebounds. He hit a three-pointer with 1:16 left to put the Trojans in front, 70-66 (USC went on to lose in overtime, 82-75).
* Against Stanford, he played the entire 40 minutes and finished with 13 points and five assists.
* 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.
* Has been hampered all season by tendinitis in the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
# 12 -- JEFF TREPAGNIER
* Currently averaging 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
* Jeff is second on the team in steals (26) and offensive rebounds (38).
* Against Washington State at the Sports Arena, he scored eight points, pulled down six rebounds and made a key block in the final second of regulation (USC went on to win the game in overtime).
* 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 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
* Currently averaging 12.5 points per game (first on the team) and is 70-of-169 (.414 -- No. 8 in the Pac-10) from three-point range.
* Adam leads the Pac-10 in both three-point field goals made (70) and attempted (169).
* He ranks at No. 4 on USC's single-season three-pointers chart (70) and at No. 11 on the career three-pointers made list (70).
* 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 the Washington schools last week, Adam scored 20 points and was 3-of-6 from three-point range.
* At Oregon State, he scored a team-high 14 points and was 4-for-4 from three-point land.
* Against Washington at the Sports Arena, 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.
* 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
* Currently averaging 8.1 points per game and is third on the team in three-pointers made (35).
* In only 52 games as a Trojan, Elias already ranks at No. 9 on USC's all-time career three-pointer list with 87.
* At Washington State, he scored a career-high 22 points and made 5-of-9 three-pointers. He also sank all seven of his free throws.
* Two weeks ago 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 and make three steals.
* 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
* Currently averaging 10.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
* At the Washington schools last week, he scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
* Against UCLA at the Sports Arena, Jarvis finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-high five assists.
* 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. 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
* Currently USC's leading rebounder (5.9 boards per game).
* He also has a team-high 38 blocks this season (1.52 per game) and is second on the team in minutes (544).
* Shannon has blocked three or more shots in seven games this season.
* Against Washington State, Shannon finished with six rebounds, four points and four blocks.
* 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.
* 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
* 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).
* 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.
* 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
* Currently averaging 12.0 points (second on the team), 3.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
* At Washington State, Gary recorded his second straight 17-point performance and played the entire 40 minutes.
* At Washington, he scored a team-high 17 points off the bench.
* Against UCLA, Gary led the Trojans with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench.
* 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
* 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
* Currently averaging 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
* Greg has started 19 games this season as a true freshman and has grabbed the second-most rebounds on the team (96).
* Against UCLA at the Sports Arena, Greg scored 12 points, pulled down five rebounds and made several key plays.
* Against Stanford's huge frontcourt, he scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds.
* 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).
* 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.
* In the season opener at New Mexico, he scored eight points and pulled down three rebounds off the bench in 24 minutes of action.