Trojans Win Exhibition Finale, 94-87
Nov. 16, 2003
Junior forward Jeff McMillan scored 20 points and had a team-high eight rebounds and freshman guard Lodrick Stewart had 17 points off the bench to lead the USC men's basketball team to a 94-87 exhibition finale win over the Long Island All-Stars on Sunday (Nov. 16) at Lyon Center on the USC campus.
Former Cal State Northridge Matador Andre Larry led the Long Island All-Stars with 27 points. Long Island was coached by former UCLA guard Rico Hines and featured his former teammate Ray Young (held scoreless).
USC led for all but the first possession of the game, making 38-of-79 shots (48.1%) from the floor. The Trojans had trouble from three-point range (3-of-22) and from the foul line (15-of-31) but forced 23 turnovers.
Leading by five at the half (44-39), the Trojans opened the second half with a 15-1 run to lead 59-40 with 17:11 to play. Troy led by as many as 21 points three times, the last at 75-54 with 9:58 to play. USC still led by 17 points with 1:31 to go before Long Island rattled off some unanswered points in the final moments.
USC again played shorthanded with junior forward Nick Curtis (sore knee), senior guard Roydell Smiley (injured leg) and senior center Jonathan Oliver (academics) all in street clothes. Senior guard Desmon Farmer ultimately joined them on the bench early in the second half after suffering a hip pointer. He remained on the bench for the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons.
The Trojans, who employed many four-guard sets for the second time in the preseason, are also without junior forward Gregg Guenther Jr., still playing on USC's No. 2-ranked football team.
'We still need to work on our defense,' USC Coach Henry Bibby said. 'The kids have to accept the challenge and guard people. We're not doing it as well as we need to. It's our Achilles' heel right now and we have to play defense on every possession. We also need to rebound better.
'I thought we pushed the ball well and we executed fairly well on offense.'
USC opens its season at Western Michigan on Friday (Nov. 21) at 7 p.m. (EST). USC opens its home schedule against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 30 at 12 p.m.
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