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3-Points: USC 78, BC 62

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The Trojans win back-to-back games over major conference teams to move to 6-3 on the season and 5-0 at home.

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Growing Up Fast

True freshmen Julian Jacobs (16 points), Nikola Jovanovic (15 points) and Roschon Prince (14 points) all reached new career-highs in scoring tonight to lead the Trojans.  "They keep getting better.  That's what college basketball is all about.  It doesn't matter what grade or class you are in, you are here to improve," said USC head coach Andy Enfield.  "I thought we had a great week of practice, and I saw improvement in those three freshmen particularly.  They gave great effort today and really helped us win the game." Enfield acknowledged that relying on freshmen will lead to inconsistency, but the Trojans future is clearly brightening up.

Defend the Three

Boston College came in with a powerful offensive reputation averaging 78 points per game led by three of the nation's best shooters Olivier Hanlan, Ryan Anderson and Joe Rahon.  The Trojans held all three below their scoring averages by constantly switching defensively to limit open looks at three-pointers.  "It doesn't matter who you are guarding just guard the three-point line," Enfield told his team.  "They missed some shots, but we challenged them."  Tied at the half, USC won the second half 46-30 by holding the Eagles to a miserable 29.4% shooting.

Passing Fancy

The Trojans will start building a Slam City reputation if they continue to dazzle in the open court as they did tonight.  The game ended on three consecutive fast break dunks, and PG Pe'Shon Howard may earn a spot in SportsCenter's Top 10 with his backboard alley-oop pass slammed home by high-flying freshman Julian Jacobs.  "I didn't even see Julian, I thought it was going to Nikola.  That's how old I am, a little slow sometimes," Enfield joked.  "We want to have fun and be exciting, but we also want to make the right play, and the right play is usually throwing the ball up to the rim and going to get it because it is a very high percentage shot."

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