Lewis' 17 Points Lead USC To Exhibition Win Over CS Dominguez Hills

Nov. 1, 2009

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LOS ANGELES - Senior guard Dwight Lewis led all scorers with 17 points and helped propel USC to a come-from-behind 64-47 win over CS Dominguez Hills at the Galen Center today (Nov. 1) before an estimated crowd of 800.

The Trojans, playing without six players including four potential starters, struggled to get their feet under themselves and trailed 35-29 at halftime as the Toros ended the half on an 8-0 run after the teams traded baskets for much of the first half. USC began the second half on a 7-0 run to retake the lead at 36-35 and outscored CSUDH 35-12 after the break for the comfortable victory. The game was tied at 36 and again at 38, but a jumper by freshman Evan Smith at the 15:24 mark in the second half began an 11-1 run for the Trojans and they never looked back. Smith scored eight points, hit two three-pointers, had a block, steal and assist in 31 minutes of action.

USC's other freshman forward/center Davis Rozitis came off the bench to score 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, just missing out on a double-double. Senior Marcus Johnson also just missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds, while dishing out three assists.

'We were a little depleted with some injuries and some guys with eligibility issues, but I thought we did a good job,' said USC head coach Kevin O'Neill. 'Davis (Rozitis) did a really good job, especially for a freshman and Kasey (Cunningham) and Dwight (Lewis) as well. The guys executed well and rebounded well the last 15 minutes. 'Kasey really banged. It is probably the most minutes he has played in a long time.'

The redshirt junior Cunningham played 32 minutes and had 12 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block. He was limited to a total of 41 minutes last season after suffering a knee injury which required surgery.

Redshirt junior point guard Donte Smith led USC with four assists and grabbed three rebounds, while fellow redshirt junior point guard Ryan Wetherell had three points and three assists.

USC held CS Dominguez Hills, coached by former Trojan guard Damaine Powell, to 10.7 percent shooting in the second half (3-for-28) and just 27.5 percent (14-for-51) for the game.

Trojan junior Marcus Simmons entered the game nursing a sore left shoulder and was limited to 12 minutes in the first half.

USC will officially open the season vs. UC Riverside at the Galen Center on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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