Cal State Northridge Upsets USC In Overtime, 81-76
Nov. 20, 2005
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mike Efevberha scored 20 points and Cal State Northridge surprised Southern California 81-76 in overtime Sunday, spoiling Tim Floyd's debut as coach of the Trojans.
Floyd is back in college basketball after a seven-year absence, during which he had an unsuccessful NBA stint with Chicago and New Orleans.
The Matadors (1-0) beat the Trojans for the first time in five meetings. It was second victory by a Big West team over the Pac-10 in as many days, with UC Irvine stunning No. 13 Stanford 79-63 Saturday.
Jonathan Heard scored Northridge's first five points in overtime, and finished with 15.
Keith Everage scored with one second left on the shot clock to keep the Matadors ahead 77-74. Gabe Pruitt missed two jumpers in the final minute for the Trojans, who opened their last season in the aging Sports Arena before moving to a new on-campus building.
In regulation, Sead Odzic hit a 3-pointer from the left side to get USC within one with 25 seconds left.
Northridge's Bakari Altheimer got fouled and made one of two for a 70-68 lead. Pruitt was called for traveling on a drive to the basket with 10 seconds to go.
Efevberha missed a foul shot, the Trojans rebounded and Cromwell dunked with eight-tenths of a second left to force overtime tied at 70.
Young's 3-pointer gave USC its largest lead, 27-22, in the first half. The Matadors then outscored USC 19-5 to end the half ahead 42-32.
The Trojans never led in the second half.