After dropping their season opener on the road at Utah State, USC has bounced back to win three straight games inside the Galen Center.
On Tuesday the Trojans defeated Cal State Fullerton 76-62 in front of an announced attendance of 3,152.
"We are 3-1," USC head coach Andy Enfield said after the game. "That's what we had hoped for at this point, since we lost our first game."
The Trojans host West Alabama on Thursday before leaving for the Bahamas for what will undoubtedly be a great challenge for the young team. They're scheduled to play Villanova, Kansas or Wake Forest and a team that is still to be determined.
Enfield, who played four freshmen in Tuesday's game, didn't mince words on the Trojans upcoming schedule. "I don't think they have any clue what's in store for them," he said when asked how they're progressing and if they'll be ready for the road trip. "It's what college basketball is all about.
"We talk about game by game. We will not talk about our tournament until our game is over on Thursday night."
Near double-double for 7-footer
Center omar oraby had an improved night against CS Fullerton. The 7-foot-2 senior scored 15 points and grabbed ten boards. He was 7-of-10 from the free throw line.
Oraby even through down a highlight dunk in the final minutes of the contest.
"He's virtually unstoppable when we get the ball to him in the paint he either gets a foul or scores it," Enfield explained. "Tonight, he demanded the ball and we got him the ball. He almost had a triple-double, got to the foul line ten times and shot 80% from the field."
A threat offensively, Enfield noted that Oraby needs to improve his conditioning in order to make more of an impact on the defensive end of the floor. "He gets a little winded on defense sometimes," he explained. "We need him to get his conditioning up so we can use him more."
Wesley drops 22
Asked how junior guard Byron Wesley quietly and almost unnoticeably scored 22 points against CS Fullerton, Enfield chuckled, saying, "I notice him, because I call plays for him."
Wesley also grabbed eight boards and was 7-of-9 from the line.
"Byron is complete player and he's not forcing bad shots," Enfield said. "He's shooting a high percentage and is getting to the foul line and is getting more assists than turnovers this year."
Enfield also explained that Wesley is making smarter decisions with he basketball when faced with a five-on-one or three-on-one option, "That's the sign of a player who is really improved and knows how to play the game," he said.
Senior J.T. Terrell did not participate in Tuesday's game. He's been limited in the previous three games he's participated in due to what Enfield is calling academic issues.
Enfield will not elaborate on Terrell's shaky status, "Some of these things we will keep internal with the team," Enfield explained. "But it is academic and he needs to do what is necessary to be a student athlete."
Enfield would not say when and if Terrell will again assume a full-time role with the team.