USC Defeats CS Dominguez Hills 94-87 in Exhibition Opener

Nov. 4, 2005

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The USC Trojans jumped out to a 33-6 lead 11 minutes into the first half of their exhibition game Friday (Nov. 4) vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills in front of 1,137 fans at the Lyon Center on the USC campus, and cruised to a 97-84 victory.

Junior Lodrick Stewart paced the Trojans with 19 points and six rebounds and sophomore Gabe Pruitt added 18 points. Both guards hit four of six from beyond the three-point stripe. As a team, USC connected at a 62 percent clip from three-point range, hitting 13 of 21.

Freshman guard Ryan Francis scored 12 points on 4 of 7 shooting and led the Trojans with seven assists. Fellow freshman Jeremy Barr, a 6-8 forward, also scored 12 points by going 4 of 5 from the field and 4 of 6 from the line.

Cal State Dominguez Hills junior forward Mario Malave led all scorers with 26 points on 10 of 18 shooting.

The Trojans shot 59.3 percent from the field for the game and led 49-27 at the break. Cal State Dominguez Hills shot only 30 percent in the first half, but hit 55.2 percent of their second half shots to close the gap.

The Trojans are 1-0 in exhibition play and will host CS San Bernardino on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Lyon Center in their final preseason contest, before opening up the regular season vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 20 at the Sports Arena.

Cal State Dominguez Hills fell to 0-1 in the exhibition season.

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