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One-Sided Loss Is Doubly Frustrating for Guenther

February 16, 2003|Paul Gutierrez

TUCSON — Gregg Guenther was taken aback when reporters told the backup football tight end-turned-starting basketball power forward that he had recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

"I did? I was worried about winning," said Guenther, who also had a career-best three steals, and two assists in 27 minutes during the Trojans' 86-59 loss at No. 1 Arizona. "I never even looked up at the scoreboard until late in the game. The stats are good, but it would have been a lot better if we had won."

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When Jerry Dupree made a buzzer-beating shot from just inside the half-court line to close out the first half, it was the junior forward's first career three-pointer in six attempts. It was also his lone basket of the game as he went one for five from the field.

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Coach Henry Bibby, on what lesson he learned with a young team playing on a big stage: "Not to be on national TV."

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UP NEXT

Thursday vs. Stanford, 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Net 2 -- After being swept by the Trojans in three games last year, the Cardinal paid them back in Palo Alto on Jan. 25 with an 80-72 victory. USC, which trailed by as many as 11 points, played catch-up the entire way, tying the score at 62-62 with 4:53 remaining before running out of steam.

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-- Paul Gutierrez

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