Sunday, December 16, 2001

Miami's road stretch opens at Southern Cal

Enquirer news services

        After hosting four of its first six games, Miami (2-4) embarks on a one-month, seven-game road stretch, which starts at 6p.m. today at Southern California (4-2).

        From USC, Miami travels to the Hawaii Outrigger Rainbow Classic to play three games, starting with No.11 Boston College on Thursday.

        Miami suffered its second straight loss last week, being edged by Notre Dame, 70-69. Bolstered by a 59.3 percent first-half field-goal percentage, its best first-half effort of the season, Miami took a 13-point lead with just more than two minutes left in the half. The Fighting Irish were able to cut the lead to six at the half and chipped away at the RedHawks lead throughout the second half, overtaking Miami for good with six minutes remaining in the game.

        USC, which has been receiving votes in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls, had a three-game win streak snapped in a one-point loss to Pepperdine Thursday, 78-77.

        The Trojans have three players averaging double figures in scoring, paced by 6-foot-7 senior forward Sam Clancy, who posts double digits in rebounds (11.0) and points (16.0). Desmon Farmar and David Bluthenthal average 10.4 and 10.3 ppg, respectively.


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