Trojans Win 9th Straight Home Opener Over Matadors

Nov 30, 2003

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Desmon Farmer scored 26 points, including six 3-pointers,and Southern California got by CS Northridge 75-69 despite blowing a 15-pointlead to win its ninth consecutive home opener Sunday.

The Trojans (1-1) hadn't played since losing 83-65 at Western Michigan onNov. 21. Farmer struggled for much of that game and finished with 12 points infront of family and friends who had traveled from his hometown of Flint, Mich.

This time, the senior guard was mostly on the mark from tip-off.

Farmer started USC on a game-opening 9-0 run with a 3-pointer. The Matadorsanswered with 12 straight points before the Trojans regrouped and ran off 11 ina row to take a 20-12 lead. Farmer scored 15 of USC's first 23 points.

Northridge (1-2) got within two points on a 7-0 run with 3:43 remaining inthe first half. But USC outscored the Matadors 10-4 to end the half ahead39-31.

Davin White led four Northridge players in double figures with 19 points.Chris Davis added 18 points, Joseph Frazier had 12 and Ian Boylan 11.

The Trojans built a 15-point lead in the second half, helped by consecutive3-pointers from Farmer sandwiched in between baskets by Lodrick Stewart thatmade it 61-46 with 10 minutes remaining.

But then USC's shooting went cold, allowing the Matadors to tie the game at66 with 2:33 remaining. Northridge went on a 20-4 run, capped by a 3-pointerfrom Frazier. Davis had five points in the spurt despite having three fouls.

Jeff McMillan dunked and later made two free throws to give USC a 70-67lead. USC's Nick Curtis was fouled and hit two free throws for a 72-67 lead.Boylan missed a 3-pointer for Northridge before White scored to draw theMatadors within three with 25 seconds left.

After Derrick Craven made one of two free throws for the Trojans, ThomasShewmake lost the ball out of bounds. Farmer got fouled, made both free throwsand the Matadors couldn't score despite several attempts in the final seconds.

During Northridge's game-tying run, Errick Craven fouled out for USC, whichalready had big men Rory O'Neil and Curtis in foul trouble. O'Neil fouled outwith 1:36 left in the game. Curtis got his fourth in the final minute beforehalftime.

USC freshman guard Quinton Day didn't play for disciplinary reasons.

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