USC basketball moved to 4-0 on the season by dismantling the CSUN Matadors, 96-61, at the Galen Center Monday night.
The lowdown: For the third game in four, freshman Bennie Boatwright made the sank the first basket for the Trojans. Katin Reinhardt’s consecutive three-pointers capped a 13-0 run by USC as they pulled away early in the first half.
The lead would be extended to 27 by the five-minute mark with the Trojans shooting over 50% from distance while the Matadors went 0-for-6 in the half behind the arc. CSUN cut that lead to 20 points thanks to a five-minute scoring drought from the field for USC to end the half.
The second half was all-USC all the way. The Trojans extended their lead to 35 points by the midway point and never looked back en route to the 35-point victory.
The takeaway: For the third time this season, USC scored more than 90 points in a thoroughly dominant outing. The Trojans out-rebounded the Matadors 56 to 33, shot 43.3% from distance and were rewarded for great ball movement by producing 26 assists on the night.
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Julian Jacobs celebrated his birthday with a throwdown dunk, 11 rebounds and ten assists for a double-double, while Nikola Jovanovic also completed a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Jordan McLaughlin logged his obligatory 20 points, though Elijah Stewart had a slow start and finished with just nine.
Though CSUN is not the toughest opposition USC will face this season, the Trojans avoided having to stave off another comeback this time around.
Player of the game: Katin Reinhardt; 5-8 from three, 17 points, 5 rebounds
Stat of the game: Reinhardt and Jordan McLaughlin were both 3-of-3 on three pointers in the first half.
Next on tap: The Trojans head to Orlando to take on Wichita State at the AdvoCare Invitational on Thanksgiving at 11:00 a.m.