The USC Trojans beat the CSUN Matadors 95-79, giving head coach Andy Enfield his first win as the man in charge at Galen Center.
Omar Oraby edged out Byron Wesley by one point to claim the top spot on the Trojans’ scoring chart. His 17 points on 7-8 shooting accompanied a top-flight performance in the home opener.
CSUN’s Josh Greene lead all scorers with 19 points in the losing effort, but he was 4-15 shooting and made most of his night from the free throw line, hitting 8-9.
The Trojans led by 11 at the half, which was their largest lead of the game up to that point. CSUN started the second half brightly, tightening the game against the sluggish Trojans and cutting the lead to four, just minutes into the half.
J.T. Terrell pushed USC’s lead back to ten with his first points in the game just before the ten minute mark with a nothing-but-net three pointer.
The lead exploded even further with another three-point shot from Julian Jacobs before Pe’Shon Howard really opened things up by laying in two quick shots. All of the sudden, the Trojans led by 17 as J.T. Terrell sank his second three of the night.
From there, it was the Omar Oraby show. The senior dominated the paint with his size and presence as USC nursed the big lead.
With 37 seconds remaining, a three-pointer from Kahlil Dukes put the Trojans over their highest point total from last season, 93 points in a loss to Arizona State.
The Trojans next face Northern Arizona on Friday.