USC Players Out for Season
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Sam Clancy, the Pac-10′s second-leading scorer, and Jarvis Turner will miss the rest of USC’s season with injuries.
``Losing Jarvis Turner and Sam Clancy are both serious blows and we will have to rally as a team to pick up the slack,″ coach Henry Bibby said Friday one day before the Trojans (9-5, 3-0 Pac-10) were to play No. 2 Arizona.
Clancy leads USC in scoring (17.2) and blocked shots (1.6), and is second in rebounding (7.7). The 6-foot-7 sophomore fractured a bone in his right foot in the second half of a 95-92 win over Arizona State on Thursday.
``I’m disappointed,″ Clancy said, ``but there’s nothing I can do but stay positive. These type of things happen and I’ll just have to deal with it. Now, I have to rehab and support the team in other ways. Other people will have to step up in our place.″
Both forwards are projected to be out 6-8 weeks.
``We’ll miss a guy like Sam because of his dominance, and we’ll miss Jarvis because of his leadership on the floor,″ Bibby said. ``Jarvis has been instrumental in two of our last four wins because he refused to let us lose.″
Turner, the Trojan’s top reserve, had already missed eight games this season with a stress fracture in his left foot. The 6-foot-8 senior fractured his left ankle in the first half of the Arizona State game.
``This is frustrating,″ Turner said, ``but I worked hard to get back from my first injury and I’ll do the same now.″
The Trojans (9-5, 3-0 Pac-10) face No. 2 Arizona on Saturday night in what Bibby said was a big test for the team. He said he’ll look to freshmen guards Nate Halr and Malachi Thurston and freshman center Kostas Charissis.