USC Wins 114-56 at Ferentino|
Aug. 20, 2015
USC started slow, but finished fast in a 114-56 win against the Ferentino All-Stars in Ferentino, Italy tonight (Aug. 20). The Trojans scored 72 second-half points to secure a perfect 4-0 record on the trip to Italy, with six players reaching double-figures in scoring.
Redshirt junior Katin Reinhardt led the way for USC with 21 points, followed by sophomore Elijah Stewart with 17, freshman Bennie Boatwright with 15, freshman Chimezie Metu with 14, sophomore Malik Martin with 12 and junior Nikola Jovanovic with 10.
USC trailed 9-2 early in the game, only to respond with a 14-0 run to take the lead for good in the first quarter. Despite shooting just 42.5 percent and making just one of 11 three-point attempts in the first half, USC led 42-27.
The Trojans scorched the nets from every angle in the second half, mostly from above with 10 dunks. USC shot 61.7 percent (29-for-47) in the second half, with six three-pointers in 23 attempts (26.1 percent). For the game, the Trojans shot 84.2 percent from the free-throw line (16-for-19). The Ferentino All-Stars where held to 27.8 percent shooting (20-for-72) from the floor, and 21.2 percent from three-point range (7-for-33) during the game.
In the morning after watching some film of their previous game, the Trojans walked from the hotel to the historical landmarks of the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. That was followed by lunch, free time, a pregame meal and an hour ride to Ferentino.
The Trojans made the four-hour bus ride from the Venice area to Rome on Wednesday. After dropping off the luggage and checking into the Rome Grand Hotel Flora, the team went on to explore the Colosseum and the Forum.
Tomorrow will be the final day of the trip and will feature a visit to the Vatican, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori.
Saturday morning the Trojans will fly back to Los Angeles.
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