USC Defeats CS San Bernardino 80-72 In Exhibition Finale
Nov. 13, 2005
The USC men's basketball team defeated Cal State San Bernardino 80-72 today (Nov. 13) at the Lyon Center behind a game-high 21 points from sophomore Nick Young.
The Trojans hit 51.7 percent of their field goal attempts (31-for-60) and made 81.3 percent of their free throws (13-for-16) and never trailed in the game.
'We are about where I'd expect us to be,' said USC head coach Tim Floyd. 'We are still trying to get familiar with our personnel. We've got some good guys out there and they are playing with effort. If this were a fair world, they'd give us about two more months (to prepare). It is no reflection on the players. We have only four players back and they are young.'
One of the returning players is Young, and he got USC off to a fast start as he scored nine of the Trojans' first 14 points as they built up a 14-9 lead. The guard/forward finished the first half with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting with a team-leading six rebounds, as the Trojans led 43-31 at halftime.
Cal State San Bernardino hit three quick three-pointers at the beginning of the second half to cut USC's lead to 47-40, but would get no closer the rest of the way. USC appeared to make a concerted effort after halftime to get the ball inside and freshman Jeremy Barr responded with all eight of his points and six of his seven rebounds after the break.The Trojans, who were outrebounded 19-18 in the first half, including surrendering nine offensive rebounds, turned the tables in the second half by winning the battle on the glass 17-14 and holding the Coyotes to just four offensive rebounds.
Junior Moses Gonzalez led CS San Bernardino with 20 points, scoring 10 in each half. The Coyotes shot 43.9 percent from the field in the game, including 31.8 percent from three-point range (7-for-22).
USC will open the regular season next Sunday (Nov. 20) at the Sports Arena at 2 p.m. vs. Cal State Northridge.