Daniel Hackett and O. J. Mayo pace the Trojans with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Raring to Go
On a cool December Evening in Los Angeles, while most students have gone home for the Holidays and Angelinos were out battling the freeways, the Trojans handily disposed of the Mustangs in front of a mostly somber crowd of about 5,000 fans.
As expected, Daniel Hackett and O.J. Mayo led the way for USC. Hackett had 19 points on 8-13 shooting, to go along with three rebounds and an assist. Mayo put in an excellent game with 18 points, with 18 points on 6-10 shooting, six assists and two steals. Dwight Lewis was also in double figures with 13 points off of 4-11 attempts.
Once again, the Trojans played stellar defense, limiting the Mustangs to 35% field goal shooting and 20% from 3-point range. USC held the opponent to 55 points, for the eighth straight game, limiting the opponent to 62 points or less, which last happened in 1950. Commenting on the accomplishment, Coach Floyd said, "That's a great stat, that's something for our guys to be proud of. I think that every team needs to have an identity, and we want that to be part of our identity, not our entire identity…I think we've got a chance to be a better defensive club than last year's team. Offensively I think we're growing right now and getting a little better in that area."
Gearing Up for the PAC-10
The Trojans have one last out of conference game (against UC Riverside on December 29) before the PAC-10 season openers against California and Stanford on January 1st and 3rd. Competition will tighten up drastically once conference play opens up. The PAC-10 figures to be the toughest conference this year, top-to-bottom.
Commenting on the upcoming PAC-10 season, Daniel Hackett said, "We're excited, we've got one more game, against a good team, we played a good team tonight. We wanted to come out here and play hard and take care of the ball."
Floyd commented, "We treated it like a PAC-10 game and I thought our kids played well…we've got some areas we can work on prior to PAC-10 play. Overall I thought our guys played well."
Happy Holidays – Just Like Football!
Mirroring the football team, the basketball team will take the next three days off for Christmas and return to the practice on Wednesday.
On the court, there was a noticeable absence of students in the student section, the basketball band was about 50% and there were only six Song Girls on the floor. The University is on winter recess until January 14th.
Christmas Drive a Success
During the Cal Poly game, Trojans collected over 750 toys from Trojan fans for its annual Holiday Toy Drive. The toys will be donated to local churches.
Next on Tap
The Trojans next game will be at the Galen Center on Saturday, December 29, 5:00 p.m. PST, television coverage will only be on Trojan TV, from the USC website: Click Here.