Trojans Fall In Season-Opener

Nov. 21, 2003

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Mike Williams scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, leading Western Michigan to an 83-65 win Friday night over Southern California.

It was the season-opening game for both teams. Three other Western players reached double digits, with Ben Reed scoring 20, Anthony Kann recording 12 and Reggie Berry adding 10.

Rory O'Neil led four USC players in double figures with 15.

USC arranged to play the game at Western so guard Desmon Farmer, a senior from Flint and the Trojans' leading scorer last season, could play a game in his home state. Farmer finished the game with 12 points.

A 12-point run by Western gave the Broncos a 68-59 lead with 4:42 left. After a basket by USC's Rory O'Neil gave the Trojans a 59-56 lead with 7:53 left, three baskets by Kann and two baskets and a steal by Williams fueled Western's lead.

The game marked the Division I head coaching debut of Western's Steve Hawkins, a Ventura, Calif., native who was an assistant the last three seasons to Robert McCullum, now the head coach at the University of South Florida.

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