In a change of scheduled exhibition games in Mexico, the Trojans played one game against Culiacan and the second game of the double header was cancelled after the first game ended at 10:00 pm local time. A third game scheduled in Mazatlan was also cancelled due to flood damage of the basketball facility.
After trailing 59-52 to the Culiacan Caballeros at halftime, the Trojans picked up the defense and outscored their opponents 50-23 in the second half. USC won the game going away, 102-82.
Daniel Hackett was excused from playing after spending the summer with the Italian National Team.
The Trojans will commence regular basketball practices in October. USC will play two exhibition games at the Galen Center (Cardinal and Gold game) on October 28 and against Fresno Pacific on December 8, before heading into the season.