USC Defeats CS Los Angeles 87-68 In Exhibition Game At Galen|
Nov. 8, 2014
Freshman Jordan McLaughlin scored 18 points and sophomore Nikola Jovanovic tallied 16 points to lead five Trojans in double figures in a 87-68 exhibition win over Cal State Los Angeles at the Galen Center today (Nov. 8).
"I thought our players at times played really well today," said USC head coach Andy Enfield. "I'm proud of our young guys. I give Cal State credit because they came out and played great early on, and we started the game 0-for-9 from the field and that's credit to what they did defensively. And also we had three freshmen on the court and they didn't know what the heck they were doing. It was a good effort."
The Trojans got off to a rough start, missing their first nine shots and trailing 14-1 four minutes into the game. After a media timeout at 14:56, sophomore guard Julian Jacobs scored seven-straight points to cut the lead to 14-8 and get the Trojans back in the game. USC then closed the game to two points at 16-14 on a steal and layin by freshman Elijah Stewart forcing CSULA to call a timeout at the 11:10 mark.
USC turned up the defense from that point on forcing Cal State Los Angeles into 23 turnovers in the game and registering 13 steals. The steal total, led by five from Stewart, was three more that USC had in any game during the 2013-14 season. USC outscored the Golden Eagles 41-23 in the final 16 minutes of the first half to lead 42-37 at the break. Cal State Los Angeles made six of its first seven three-pointers and seven of 11 in the first half from beyond the arch to keep the game close at halftime.
USC scored the first eight points of the second half and 13 of the first 15 points to open up a comfortable lead of 16 points at 55-39 two and a half minutes into the second half and never looked back.
USC shot 42.6 percent in the game (29-for-68) and held CSULA to 37.1 percent shooting (26-for-70). The Trojans also won the battle of the boards 46-40, while making 75.9 percent of its free throws (22-for-29).
USC started a lineup of Jovanovic, redshirt sophomore Katin Reinhardt (13 points) and three freshmen in forward Malik Martin (10 points, 7 rebounds) and guards McLaughlin and Stewart (12 points). USC's other freshman guard Malik Marquetti chipped in with five assists, six rebounds and two points.
Cal State Los Angeles is coached by former USC assistant coach Dieter Horton.
USC will open the regular season next Saturday (Nov. 15) vs. Portland State at 7:30 p.m.