3-Points: USC 65, Morgan State 62

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The Trojans snap a 3-game losing skid with a comeback victory at Galen Center.

  • After a dreadful scoring display against Cal Poly, USC needed an injection of offense and Greg Allen provided it.  The junior guard knocked down three triples and chipped in 14 points off the bench.  "You've got to be wondering why the [heck] I didn't play him earlier," head coach Kevin O'Neill chastised himself.  "He certainly proved himself tonight and he's going to have an opportunity to play a lot of minutes."
  • The Trojans made 50% of their shots thanks to efficient nights from PF Aaron Fuller (7/8) and PG Maurice Jones (7/10).  Morgan State played mostly zone and USC broke it down by hitting Fuller at the free throw line or using Jones as a penetrator.  "Mo did a good job taking over tonight," O'Neill complimented a pretty tear drop that Jones made to seal the victory.  "[Fuller] is putting up big numbers for us.  He leads us in rebounding and now I think he is first in scoring."
  • USC trailed 31-15 in the first half, but they went on a 32-9 run fueled by steals and forced turnovers.  While O'Neill's team uncharacteristically struggled with FG% defense, they jump started the fast break by forcing Morgan State mistakes.  "We made some strides by turning them over a little bit more," O'Neill credited an adjustment on post defense as the difference.  "We forced about seven or eight turnovers fronting the post in the second half."
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  • USC continues a daunting non-conference schedule with back-to-back games in Las Vegas Friday and Saturday.  The Trojans will play UNLV in the first game and then either #1 North Carolina or South Carolina on the weekend.
Here is Greg Allen on his breakout night...

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