Trojans Fall to Akron in Charleston Classic Opener, 66-46|
Nov. 20, 2014
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Nikola Jovanovic led the Trojans with 11 points and nine rebounds, as USC fell to Akron in the opening game of the Charleston Classic on Thursday.
USC (1-2) cut Akron's 17-point lead down to 47-40 on Nikola Jovanovic's basket with 10 minutes left. That's when Antino Jackson hit two straight 3-pointers to give the Zips back their comfortable lead.
Kwan Cheatham had 15 points and Pat Forsythe added 15 points and nine rebounds for Akron.
The Zips took a double-digit lead in the first half and held off the Trojans to beat a Power Five conference member for the fourth straight season.
After USC closed to 18-14 on Jovanovic's basket, Akron took off on an 18-8 run powered by the inside power of Forsythe and the outside shooting of Cheatham and Robotham.
Forsythe scored six points in the run while Cheatham and Robotham each added another long-range basket. When Robotham broke free for a layup with 13 seconds left, Akron was up 36-22.
The Trojans closed the half with a power jam by Darion Clark to head to the locker room down 36-24.
USC shot 28.3 percent (15 of 53) for the game.
The Trojans won Monday night with a 70-58 win over Tennessee Tech before arriving at the Charleston Classic.
The Trojans have no seniors and just three juniors on their 14-man roster. USC started three freshmen and two sophomores against the Zips.
USC will play either Miami or Drexel in Charleston Classic's second round Friday.