Trojans Win Exhibition Opener

Nov. 9, 2002

Junior guard Desmon Farmer scored 24 points and sophomore guard Errick Craven had 22 as the USC men's basketball team won its first exhibition game of the 2002-2003 season, 95-76, over the L.A. City All-Stars 2 in front of 357 at the Lyon Center on Saturday (Nov. 9).

The Trojans trailed 44-41 at the half and 59-50 early in the second half. But USC went on a 31-5 run - which included seven consecutive made three-point baskets at one point - to go ahead 81-64 with 5:33 to play.

First-year junior college transfer guard Roydell Smiley scored 17 points off the bench, sinking three consecutive three-point baskets during USC's second half run, the second of which gave the Trojans the lead for good at 63-62.

Sophomore forward Nick Curtis scored 14 points and had a team-high-tying eight rebounds with Farmer.

The Trojans forced 26 turnovers and had 13 steals, including four from Errick Craven and three from Farmer.

The L.A. City All-Stars were led by Derrick Anderson's 19 points, 15 of which came in the first half on five three-pointers without a miss.

'We shot the ball well during a certain stretch,' seventh-year coach Henry Bibby said. 'But we didn't have leadership, we didn't rebound and we didn't play man-to-man defense. Last year (at this time), I said we were a long ways away. This year, we're twice as far away.'

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