“Bennie Boatwright hobbled out of Jenny Craig Pavilion on crutches and his sprained left knee in a brace, an injury that put a damper on Southern California's 76-55 victory against San Diego and left the undefeated Trojans wondering how long they'll be without their second-leading scorer.”
“ . . . [USC took] a 43-31 lead into halftime. San Diego trimmed the lead to 10 points once early in the second half. The Toreros rallied to trim the lead to 67-55 with four minutes remaining, but USC scored the final nine points of the game to close the game out.”
“Win No. 7 moves the Trojans closer to matching the season-opening winning streak of the 2000-01 Elite 8 squad of eight wins to start the year.
USC was in control from the start, though the Toreros never let the game get out of hand.”
“The Trojans had a comfortable lead in the second half, leading by as many as 18 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor. USC was abysmal from deep, shooting just 16.7 percent (three made 3-pointers).”