3-Points: USC 95, CSUN 79

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Andy Enfield picks up the first win of his Trojan career.

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Click here for the post-game press conference.

Enfield Ball

From the moment he was hired, Andy Enfield preached that he would bring "exciting, uptempo basketball to the Galen Center."  The new head coach delivered on his promise leading the Trojans to their highest scoring output since 2008.  "We scored 95 points, so you can't be too upset," said Enfield about the tempo.  "Any time you have 24 assists in a game, that's a lot.  That means you're unselfish, you're sharing the basketball and making the right play."

All-Around Wes

The Trojans were led by junior Byron Wesley who packed the stat sheet with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists despite making only 5/14 field goal attempts.  "Byron missed some easy shots," said Enfield.  "He usually makes those, but I was more impressed with his 6 assists and 11 rebounds.  If we can get that type of production and all-around play from him, we'll win a lot of basketball games."  Wesley said that the double-double was his first "since high school," and tonight's game ranks as one of his best at USC. "I definitely think it's in the conversation," Wesley said.  "I know that when my shot is not falling, I can do a lot of other things on the court."

Going Deep

Enfield played 12 Trojans tonight, and was rewarded with 42 points off the bench, including two big first half threes from sophomore Brendyn Taylor.  "We just need energy off the bench," said Enfield.  "I don't even care if they score, but Brendyn tonight hit those two threes and really sparked us."  Freshman Julian Jacobs added 9 points and 7 assists with only one turnover, which Enfield called "big time for a freshman."  And, freshman big man Nikola Jovanovic made 5/6 shots for 11 points. "Nikola really showed you guys that potentially he is going to be a heckuva player down the road."  As far as the rotation goes, all the Trojans are trying to earn a spot on the floor.  "The way I coach, no one is guaranteed a starting spot and no one is guaranteed minutes," said Enfield.

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Message Sent

Enfield shuffled his starting lineup tonight sending leading scorer J.T. Terrell to the bench.  "J.T. was an academic reason," said Enfield, who emphasized that Terrell had a strong offseason before this mishap.  "My players need to do what is necessary in the classroom.  When you don't, you don't start or you don't play." 

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