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Mayo could be suspended two games

Times Staff Writer

USC signee O.J. Mayo faces a two-game suspension after being ejected from a game Friday night involving his Huntington (W.Va.) High team in which he received two technical fouls and reportedly initiated contact with an official.

Mayo received one technical foul for taunting after scoring on a breakaway dunk, then a second technical for a verbal confrontation with players from the opposing team.

Mayo reportedly followed an official to the scorer’s table to dispute the call and made contact, after which the official dropped to the court.

Newspaper accounts of the contact varied, with the Huntington Herald-Dispatch reporting that Mayo bumped into the official from behind and the Charleston Gazette stating Mayo had merely “put his arm on the official’s shoulder to get his attention.”

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Police then escorted Mayo into the locker room.

According to West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission rules, a player receiving two technical fouls is subject to a two-game suspension. Huntington next plays Lakewood Artesia on Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

Mayo also faces possible disciplinary action for his contact with the official.

“I’d rather not comment until I’ve talked to his coach and to O.J., because I didn’t know anything about it,” USC Coach Tim Floyd said after the No. 25 Trojans defeated California, 76-73, on Saturday at Haas Pavilion.

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This time, Cal students didn’t even wait for USC junior guard Gabe Pruitt to step to the free-throw line. Their taunts began 1 minute 12 seconds into the game, when Trojans freshman guard Dwight Lewis took a pair of foul shots.

“Hey, Pruitt, welcome back!” a student shouted before others joined in coordinated chants of “Victoria! Victoria!”

Pruitt was the victim of a prank last season in which a Cal student created a fictitious woman who exchanged e-mails with Pruitt, who learned he had been duped when students chanted the woman’s name when he stepped to the free-throw line.

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Pruitt heard the name again midway through the second half Saturday when he made one of two free throws, but he finished with 10 points and a hearty slice of redemption.

“It feels nice to come here and win, especially after what happened last year,” he said. “It just feels that much better to get the win here.”

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USC senior guard Lodrick Stewart made five three-point baskets, giving him 207 for his career and moving him past Desmon Farmer (203) and into second place on the school’s all-time list. Brandon Granville made 218 three-pointers from 1999-2002.

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Kevin Galloway, a freshman guard who left USC earlier this month, intends to transfer to Fresno State, the Fresno Bee reported.

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ben.bolch@latimes.com

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