Farmer's 26 Leads USC In Exhibition Victory

Nov. 7, 2003

LOS ANGELES - Senior guard Desmon Farmer scored 26 points while freshmen twin guards Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart scored 15 points apiece to lead the USC men's basketball team to a 99-79 exhibition opener win over L.A. City All-Stars on Friday (Nov. 7) at Lyon Center on the USC campus.

The Trojans, who had five players score in double figures, shot 53.8% from the floor (35-of-65) and forced L.A. City into 22 turnovers.

USC's older set of identical twins, junior guards Errick and Derrick Craven, scored 14 and 10 points apiece, respectively. Junior redshirt forward Jeff McMillan, playing in his first game after sitting out last year due to transfer rules, scored seven points and had five rebounds. Junior center Rory O'Neil and freshman guard Quinton Day both added six points.

L.A. City was led by former Trojan Anthony White's 18 points. White played for USC Coach Henry Bibby in 1997 and 1998.

The All-Stars opened a six-point lead late in the first half at 34-28, but USC outscored its opponent 16-8 to close out the final five minutes of the first half to lead 44-42 at intermission.

The Trojans, employing a four-guard lineup for most of the game, jumped on L.A. City at the start of the second half and opened their first double-digit lead at 61-51 on a McMillan layup.

A Farmer three-pointer gave USC a 69-57 lead with 12:17 to go and the Trojans maintained a double-digit lead from then on out. USC's advantage grew to as many as 21 points twice late in the game.

'We didn't play well defensively,' Bibby said. 'We have to turn it around. We have to get in better shape. We need a better commitment from the players and the staff. We didn't push ourselves. We're not in good enough condition. It takes a commitment.'

USC was without junior forward Nick Curtis (sore knee), senior guard Roydell Smiley (injured leg), senior center Jonathan Oliver (academics) and junior forward Gregg Guenther Jr. (still playing for USC's football team).

With three post players unavailable, Bibby featured four guards on the court for almost the entire game.

'If we use it, it's an advantage for us with the quicker players we have,' he said. 'We can go at people with that kind of lineup. We just need to guard.'

Said Farmer: 'This was just to see where we're at. We've got a lot of work to do. Our defense was not there. We still need to make a lot of improvements. We want to be one of the top defensive teams in the country and we need to keep working at it.'

USC plays its second and final exhibition game on Nov. 16 against the Long Island All-Stars at the Lyon Center at 6 p.m.

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