Men's Basketball
    USC Defeats Senigallia 91-57 To Improve To 3-0 On Italian Tour

    Nikola Jovanovic led USC with 19 points in the win tonight, while teammate Malik Marquetti added 10.
    Aug. 18, 2015

    USC continued its winning ways on its Italian tour with a 91-57 win at Senigallia in Senigallia, Italy tonight (Aug. 18). The Trojans improved to 3-0 in scrimmages and games with one more contest scheduled on Aug. 20 against the Ferentino All-Stars.

    USC struggled with its shooting early in the game by going 2-for-12 to end up making 28.6 percent in the first quarter (8-for-28), but still led 21-10. Both teams scored 21 points in the second quarter and the Trojans took a 42-31 lead into halftime, despite shooting just 35.3 percent from the floor (18-for-51).

    Led by a pair of three-pointers by both Katin Reinhardt and Elijah Stewart early in the third quarter the Trojans extended the lead quickly and built it to a 75-44 advantage by quarter's end. The Trojans made six of its seven three-point attempts and shot 68.4 percent overall (13-for-19) in the third quarter. USC cruised from there to the 91-57 win.

    Nikola Jovanovic led USC with 19 points, with 16 each from Reinhardt and Stewart. Julian Jacobs added 10 points and Malik Marquetti pitched in with 10.

    For the game, USC shot 42.7 percent and Senigallia shot 32.3 percent.

    A pleasant surprise visitor at the game was former Trojan star Daniel Hackett's mother, Katia, who traveled over from Pesaro to support USC and catch up with old friends.

    Prior to the game, the Trojans had a full day to enjoy the beach and the pool at the Grand Hotel da Vinci in Cesenatico. Players and staff alike swam in the Adriatic Sea, jumped in the pool and toured the boardwalk up and down the beach. Then it was back to business with a film session and pregame meal before making the hour drive to Senigallia for the game.



    Yesterday the Trojans spent the day driving from Venice over to the Adriatic Coast, with a stop at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. The team took a tour of the museum and learned about the history of the Ferrari automobile and was able to see up close all the different models over the years. Several players even ventured on a test drive with the California Ferrari through the streets of Maranello. The Trojans reached the Grand Hotel da Vinci late in the afternoon, but still had a little beach time before heading out to a group dinner. The dinner was held at the Mote Grappa and featured seemingly endless courses of pasta, meat, chicken, vegetables and appetizers, before a plate of three mini desserts.

    Tomorrow morning the Trojan party will embark on a four-hour drive to Rome, its last stop on the 11-day tour. USC will explore Rome Wednesday-Friday, with the game in Ferentino on Thursday.

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