Davon Jefferson and O.J. Mayo Leads Trojans to Victory>p> Davon Jefferson scored 23 points and O.J. Mayo added 18 to outlast Oklahoma at the Galen Center Thursday evening. The pair of fantastic freshmen led the Trojans to their sixth straight victory after an opening day loss to Mercer.
USC (6-1) is ranked 22nd in the AP, and has been climbing the polls steadily as the young team finds its chemistry. Ironically, USC was predicted to finish 6th in the PAC-10 this season.
After a slow start to the season (missing a few games), Jefferson has contributed to the last two Trojan victories. He scored 18 points against Southern Illinois and followed that up with a 23-point, nine rebounds and two blocks effort against Oklahoma.
The Trojan defense led the PAC-10 last season, holding opponents to a paltry 39% shooting. On this evening, the Tim Floyd defense held the Sooner offense to 55 points on the night.
Mayo who scored only 3-points in the first half, added 15-points in the second half to lead the Trojans to victory. Said Mayo, "I'm not too worried about scoring, as long as we win ball-games, that's all that matters. We played well in the first half, Davon (Jefferson) played well for us. The guys who came in for Taj (Gibson) played well."
Up next for the Trojans, Sunday, against 4th ranked Kansas at the Galen Center. This game will be a good measuring stick for the team, to see how they fare against a top-ranked team that is a perennial powerhouse. The game will be televised on Fox Prime Ticket at 11:00 a.m. PST.