USC 79 - LBSU 61
LOS ANGELES, CA-- The University of Southern California had four players tally in double digits on Friday night en route to a 79-61 win over Long Beach State at the Galen Center. Nick Young led the USC (3-1) attack with 22 points while Taj Gibson added 10 points and 18 rebounds. Aaron Nixon led the 49ers (2-2) with 13 points.
The Trojans expanded a six-point lead to double digits early in the second half and never looked back. Lodrick Stewart added 16 points for USC and RouSean Cromwell had 13 points. USC shot .435 (27-62) from the field and out-rebounded the 49ers 58-44. The Trojans hurt themselves though by shooting just 21-35 (.600) at the free throw line.
For the 49ers, freshman Tim Island had a career-high 12 points, hitting four of seven three-pointers. Kevin Houston added 11 points and Dominique Ricks had six points and a team-high 11 rebounds . The 49ers leading scorer, Nixon at 19.3 ppg, was held to 13 points, while Sterling Byrd, who was averaging 17.0 points per outing, was held scoreless.
The Trojans took advantage of cold 49er shooting to take a 32-26 halftime lead. The 49ers shot just .281 (9-32) from the field in the first half and were 5-15 from three-point range. Young scored 10 of his 22 points in the first half and Gibson added eight points and 11 rebounds. Trailing 27-26 after a Houston three at 1:49, the Trojans closed out the half on a 5-0 run thanks to two free throws by Kevin Galloway and a three by Young. USC shot .433 (13-30) overall but hurt themselves with 10 turnovers and hitting just half their free throws (4-8).
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