The USC Trojans lead the Cal State Northridge Matadors 42-31, their biggest lead of that game, at halftime in the home opener at the Galen Center.
Omar Oraby and Byron Wesley stand as USC’s top scorers on the night with eight each, while the Trojans have had eight players contribute points. Nikola Jovanovic is third with seven.
Surprisingly, J.T. Terrell, usually the Trojan’s biggest offensive threat, was held to just one shot and zero points.
The Matadors finished the half 10-16 from the charity stripe, but just 3-13 from three point range. Josh Greene and Stephen Maxwell leads CSUN with eight points each.
CSUN jumped out to a quick lead 8-2 lead but the Trojans went on a run to take the lead with the help of good ball movement and points in the paint from Oraby and a Julian Jacob alley-oop dunk.
However, USC couldn’t protect the lead and the Matadors made their way back in front much as they did in their season opener, with efficient free throw shooting.
Brendyn Taylor checked into the game midway through the first half and promptly hit two three pointers. Jovanovic followed the second of those with another from distance and then Oraby slammed one home as USC began to steadily pull away.