Farmer and USC plow through Arizona
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Desmon Farmer scored a career-high 40
points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Southern California to a 99-90
win over seventh-ranked Arizona in the Pac-10 Conference at the Los
Angeles Sports Arena.
Farmer converted 11-of-19 shots from the field, including seven three-
pointers. He also hit 11-of-12 from the foul line for the Trojans (8-6, 3-2
Pac-10), who won for the third time in four games and snapped a three-game
losing streak in the series. Errick Craven contributed 16 points.
“Farmer is very aggressive offensively,” Arizona head coach Lute Olsen said.
“He loves to put up the three-point shot. If the defender gets buried in the
lane, he can really shoot it.”
Channing Frye scored 17 points, while Mustafa Shakur and Salim Stoudamire each
contributed 14 points for the Wildcats (10-3, 2-2), who suffered their second
straight loss. Their head coach, Lute Olson, remains tied with Fred A. Enke
for most victories (509) in school history.
After a tightly contested opening 10 minutes, the Trojans used a 9-1 run to
extend a 31-29 advantage
Gregg Guenther Jr. scored four of the points, and a basket by Rodrick Stewart
put them ahead 40-30 with 4:07 remaining in the first half.
Guenther finished 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans.
USC maintained a 48-39 lead with 1:17 left in the half, but the Wildcats
scored four points in the final 35 seconds.
Andre Iguodala hit two foul shots and Chris Rodgers delivered a layup to get
Arizona within 48-43 at halftime.
Farmer led the Trojans with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including five
three-pointers, in the first half.
Less than four minutes into the second half, the Wildcats pulled within 54-53
on consecutive baskets by Frye and Hassan Adams.
Two foul shots by Ivan Radenovic with 13:21 left in the game cut Arizona’s
deficit to 58-57.
But USC responded with a 25-14 run to take control. Farmer highlighted the
decisive flurry with 12 points, including two three-pointers. Stewart’s
jumper, with 5:08 to go, put the team ahead 83-71.
Arizona cut its deficit to 93-86 on three foul shots by Rodgers with 44
seconds remaining, but got no closer.
Despite the loss, Arizona holds a 48-33 edge in the all-time series.