Pe'Shon Howard scores 17 points in loss.
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Five Trojans scored in double figures.
Byron Wesley scored 22 points and Southern California never trailed in beating Cal State Fullerton 76-62 for the Trojans' third straight win at home on Tuesday night.
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Men's basketball, Thursdsay, Jan. 16, 2014
BREAKDOWN: Omar Oraby (ore-ROB-ee), 7-foot-2, 270-pound senior center is a solid rebounder and shot blocker who will give the Trojans a strong presence in the middle.
2012-13: Transferred to USC from Rice in September and was granted an NCAA waiver to compete during the 2012-13 season on Nov. 8. Played in all 32 games, making four starts, and averaged 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds. Made a team-leading 60.9 percent of his field goal attempts (81-for-133). Was second on the team and seventh in the Pac-12 with 47 blocked shots which ties him for ninth place on USC's single-season blocks list. He registered at least one block in 14 consecutive games from Nov. 19-Jan. 10. He had a season-high five blocks in 18 minutes of action vs. Arizona on Feb. 27. Oraby also led the team in prorated (40 minutes) scoring with a 17.3 average. Oraby was 7-for-9 and scored 15 points vs. Minnesota on Dec. 8, with all of his points coming from inside the paint in the second half of the game. He made his first start on Dec. 15 vs. UCR and scored 7 points on 2-for-3 shooting. Oraby scored a team-high 14 points at Georgia on Dec. 22 and added 11 rebounds for his first double-double as a Trojan and fourth of his career. Scored 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting vs. UCLA on Feb. 24 for his highest scoring game in conference play. Score four points and had five blocks and eight rebounds vs. Arizona on Feb. 27. Scored a career-high 18 points in a career-high 35 minutes during USC's Pac-12 Tournament loss to Utah on March 13.
2011-12: As a sophomore Oraby played in 34 games (four starts) for the Owls and averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game, while setting the school record for blocks in a season with 54. He made 62.9 percent of his field goal attempts (78-for-124) to lead all Rice players. He also made 71.2 percent of his free throw attempts (47-for-66). Oraby posted three double-doubles during the year, going for 11 points and 12 rebounds at Houston Baptist Nov. 30, 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. Marshall on Jan. 7 and 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. Houston on March 3. He scored in double figures eight times with a then career-high 17 points vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore on Nov. 20, 2011. His first career start was the game at Houston Baptist and in his four starts he averaged 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds. He scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in the Owl's road win at UTEP, with his first of two consecutive three-point plays giving Rice the lead for good at 41-39 with 10 minutes to play. He tied a Rice record with six blocks vs. Marshall on Jan. 7.
2010-11: Oraby saw action in 16 games for Rice as a freshman. He averaged 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.6 minutes per game. Scored his first career points, tallying four points on 2-for-3 shooting vs. Grambling State on Nov. 14. Scored a season-high nine points in a season-high 14 minutes played at Tulsa on Jan. 8. Made 58.3 percent of his field goal attempts (14-for-24) during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Oraby attended Modern English high school in Cairo, Egypt. He played internationally as a member of Egypt's Junior National team. He was one of the leading rebounders and shot blockers at FIBA's 2009 U19 World Championships played in New Zealand. He had double-doubles in Egypt's final two games, including a 24-point, 11-rebound effort against Kazakhstan.
PERSONAL: Oraby was born on Sept. 8, 1991 in Cairo, Egypt. He is the son of Tarek Saiid Oraby and Omneya Saad Gohar and has two siblings, a brother, Mohamed, who played handball for the Egyptian National Team and a sister, Mayar. He is a Social Sciences major at USC.