The USC Trojans came into the Orlando looking to rebound from their loss to Temple. They did just that with a 54-47 win over the Fairfield Stags in the quarterfinal of the Orlando Invitational.
The first half didn't start off very great for either side as both struggled from the field. The Trojans at one point trailed the Stags 16-8, however USC found their groove late in the first half after Senior guard Jonah Mathews nailed back to back threes to bring them within 2. By halftime the Trojans led 25-22.
USC took control of the game by the second half of the game. Trojans point guard Elijah Weaver knocked down a pair of threes as they went up 14 midway through the 2nd half. USC took control of the paint, outscoring the Stags 24-6. Large part of that came from Freshman forward Onlyeka Okongwu, who led the way with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win. The Trojans also dominated Fairfield in fast break points at 20-4.
Mathews also had 14 points while Weaver followed with 13 points and 3 assists. The story of the game was the field goal percentage. USC shot 41.7 percent from the field (20-48) and from the outside (5-12). Fairfield on the other hand struggled from the field shooting a lowly 27 percent. The rebounding numbers were also 38-32 in favor of the Trojans.
With the win USC moves to 6-1 and advances the semifinal of the Orlando Invitational. They will face the winner of the Davidson/Marquette game on Friday.