USC 65 - Morgan St. 62

Just some quick notes on USC's close win...

Ripsit...

The Trojans snap a 3-game losing skid with a comeback victory at Galen Center.

  • After a dreadful scoring display against Cal Poly, USC needed an injection of offense and Greg Allen provided it. The junior guard knocked down three triples and chipped in 14 points off the bench. "You've got to be wondering why the [heck] I didn't play him earlier," head coach Kevin O'Neill chastised himself. "He certainly proved himself tonight and he's going to have an opportunity to play a lot of minutes."
The Trojans made 50% of their shots thanks to efficient nights from PF Aaron Fuller (7/8) and PG Maurice Jones (7/10). Morgan State played mostly zone and USC broke it down by hitting Fuller at the free throw line or using Jones as a penetrator. "Mo did a good job taking over tonight," O'Neill complimented a pretty tear drop that Jones made to seal the victory. "[Fuller] is putting up big numbers for us. He leads us in rebounding and now I think he is first in scoring."

From the DN...

Trojans rally from 16-point deficit to push aside upset bid by Morgan State.

As if scoring 36 points and losing to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was not bad enough, USC found itself down 16 points in the first half against Morgan State on Tuesday night.

Were the Trojans worried about another embarrassing loss?

"The whole time," USC guard Aaron Fuller said. "We told each other we have to play like every possession is our last possession."

USC also finally made some shots as Fuller scored a game-high 19 points while point guard Maurice Jones added 18 as the Trojans pulled out a 65-62 victory in front of 2,231 at the Galen Center.

From the OCR...

Already riding a three-game losing streak, including Saturday's embarrassing 42-36 loss to Cal Poly, the Trojans fell behind by 16 points in the first half against visiting Morgan State. The Bears, who play in the MEAC, came to Galen Center with an 0-3 record.

But from that early juncture on, USC played with a sense of desperation. That mindset carried the Trojans to a 65-62 victory in front of 2,231 fans.

"The last two games we've just eased into the game or eased into the second half. We've got to start understanding the importance and urgency to play hard," USC coach Kevin O'Neill said.

I didn't see the game at all but from reading my Twitter feed it looked bleak for a while with 'SC storming back in the second half only to have Morgan St. close the gap.

Looks likeit is going to be a very interesting season in hoops....

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