Boatwright, Rakocevic lead USC past Oregon, 66-49
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a rare sighting Thursday, snow falling along the Los Angeles foothills. In downtown there was a much more common occurrence - Bennie Boatwright knocking down...
Boatwright sets USC record for 3s in 89-66 win over Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Bennie Boatwright couldn't understand why USC coach Andy Enfield was yelling for him to shoot a 3-pointer, even though Boatwright had a defender in his face.
The next time down the court Boatwright didn't wait for his coach to say anything and launched himself into the Trojans record books and a spot in Pac-12 history as well.
Boatwright scored 36 points and set a USC school record with 10 3-pointers in an 89-66 win over California on Saturday night.
Utah holds on for 77-70 win over USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After losing twice last week at home, Utah made the road look very comfortable Wednesday night in a 77-70 victory over USC.
The Utes (12-10, 6-4) led by as many 23 points midway through the second half, before holding off a furious rally by the Trojans (13-10, 6-4).
USC cruises to victory over Washington State, 93-84
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The Trojans were able to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Washington earlier in the week by splitting their two-game road trip.
Nick Rakocevic scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the year and USC never trailed en route to a 93-84 win over Washington State on Saturday night.
Boatwright’s 3-pointer gives USC 69-67 win over Arizona St.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC's Bennie Boatwright wasn't about to miss another game-winning 3-point attempt.
The senior forward gave the Trojans their third straight win on a jumper from the top of the key as they rallied for a 69-67 victory over Arizona State on Saturday. Boatwright scored 18 points as USC (12-8, 5-2 Pac-12) moved into a tie for second in the conference going into a Wednesday showdown against league-leading Washington.
Rakocevic, USC dominate Arizona for 80-57 victory
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Rakocevic had not defeated Arizona in his three seasons at USC. He helped put that to rest on Thursday night.
The junior forward tied a career high with 27 points as the Trojans broke a five-game losing streak to the Wildcats with a dominating 80-57 victory. Rakocevic also had 12 rebounds as he recorded his ninth double-double of the season.
USC coach suspends guard Kevin Porter Jr. from team
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California guard Kevin Porter Jr. has been suspended indefinitely.
Coach Andy Enfield made the decision because of an unspecified conduct issue involving the freshman on the team's weekend trip to Oregon.
USC snaps 4-game losing streak with win over Southern Utah
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC has had a difficult December, but it can go into the Christmas break with a little bit of momentum after defeating Southern Utah 91-49 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
"The guys played very well after having a tough stretch," said Trojans coach Andy Enfield, who got his 100th win in six years at the school. "We took good shots for most of the night and shared the basketball."
Rakocevic leads USC past Long Beach State 75-65
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The shots weren't falling early for USC's Nick Rakocevic early Wednesday, leaving the junior one frustrated forward.
But when Long Beach State came charging back from a 14-point, second-half deficit to pull within two, Rakocevic found new life and led the Trojans to a 75-65 victory.
Rakocevic scored 13 of his 19 points in the game's final nine minutes and added a game-high 12 rebounds for the Trojans (5-2).
USC uses late surge to get past CSU Bakersfield 90-75
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Usher scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to help Southern California beat CSU Bakersfield 90-75 on Sunday night.
Bennie Boatwright added 19 points and eight rebounds and Shaqquan Aaron scored 18 for the Trojans (4-2). Jonah Mathews had 13 points and Nick Rakocevic chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Southern California lands elite hoops recruiting class
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Andy Enfield has landed three forwards and a guard in the highest-ranked recruiting class ever by the school's basketball program.
Forwards Isaiah Mobley, Onyeka Okongwu and Max Agbonkpolo and guard Kyle Sturdivant will play for the Trojans in 2019-20. They are rated the No. 1 class by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com and No. 2 by ESPN.com.
Southern California looks to rebound from NCAA tourney snub
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Snubbed by the NCAA Tournament last season, the Southern California Trojans are determined to make it back behind coach Andy Enfield's highest-rated recruiting class.
They feature a younger roster but have a seasoned veteran in forward Bennie Boatwright, who toyed with leaving early for the NBA draft.
Southern California Preview-Capsule
Last season: 24-12.
Coach: Andy Enfield.
Who's gone: Guard Jordan McLaughlin, forward Chimezie Metu (NBA), guard Elijah Stewart.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina has hired Joe Dooley of Florida Gulf Coast as its new head men's basketball coach.
The school announced Dooley's hiring Wednesday, saying he agreed to a five-year contract.
It's Dooley's second stint as the Pirates' head coach. He went 57-52 in four seasons from 1995-99 before he was replaced by Bill Herrion.
USC hires Eric Mobley to join coach Andy Enfield’s staff
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Andy Enfield has dipped into the AAU ranks for an assistant coach.
Eric Mobley, who has guided AAU teams for the last 11 years, joined USC on Saturday.
The addition of Mobley allows Martin Bahar to return to being the team's director of scouting, a role he held the previous two years before becoming an assistant this season after Tony Bland went on administrative leave in September.
NCAA snubs USC, Notre Dame highlight NIT field
It was a sour Selection Sunday for Southern California and Notre Dame. Especially for the surprised Trojans.
A couple of noteworthy NCAA Tournament snubs helped create quite a field for the NIT.
USC, Notre Dame, Baylor and Saint Mary's grabbed No. 1 seeds for the National Invitation Tournament after their NCAA bubble burst, and Louisville, Oklahoma State, Middle Tennessee and Oregon joined them in the 32-team field.
USC rolls past Oregon 74-54 into Pac-12 title game
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonah Mathews stood in the corner of the court, joking with a teammate as point guard Jordan McLaughlin dribbled near the top of the key. The game was live, the ball in play, but Mathews had nothing to worry about.
The Trojans were well on their way to the Pac-12 Tournament championship game for a showdown with No. 15 Arizona.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Southern California had some good offensive moments against Oregon State, just not consistent through the entire game.
The Trojans' defense: Spot on all night.
Chimezie Metu had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Southern California smothered Oregon State defensively to beat the Beavers 61-48 in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Metu scores 21, USC beats Colorado 75-64
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Even if all is not forgotten following last month's feud between USC and Colorado, Trojans junior Chimezie Metu still agreed to take a few selfies with fans as he left the Buffaloes' court Wednesday night.
USC made it clear, its focus was on the bigger picture.
Metu scored 21 points, Jordan McLaughlin added 18 and USC beat Colorado 75-64.
Stewart scores 28 points, leads USC past Oregon State 72-59
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Perhaps no team in the Pac-12 Conference prospers on its home court as much as Southern California. The Trojans 72-59 win over Oregon State on Saturday night was USC's seventh consecutive conference victory at the Galen Center. On the other hand, the Trojans have lost their last four Pac-12 games on the road.
"The Pac-12 is tough, especially on the road," USC guard Jordan McLaughlin said. "You've got to win all of your home games and try and steal a couple on the road."
Metu’s layup with 0.8 left wins it for USC, 72-70
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it came down to the final seconds in a tie game, USC coach Andy Enfield said he wanted his best players to handle the ball to give the Trojans a chance to snap their three-game losing streak.
And USC's two best players did exactly that.
Chimezie Metu's layup on an alley-oop pass from Jordan McLaughlin with 0.8 seconds remaining lifted Southern California to a 72-70 victory over Oregon on Thursday night.
USC cruises to sixth straight win over struggling Cal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC coach Andy Enfield doesn't let his players check their phones at halftime, which is why he was able to play a joke on Elijah Stewart.
Stewart was 0-for-4 from the field against Cal, and Enfield told him that all his former coaches from nearby Westchester High School and his family and friends would leave if he didn't start playing better.
USC wins 4th straight with 74-67 victory over Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — In the midst of a long scoring drought, coach Andy Enfield had a simple message for the USC Trojans.
"We talked about toughness," Enfield said.
Obviously the Trojans took it to heart, because it sparked an 18-0 rally.
Elijah Stewart had 18 points and USC won its fourth straight with a 74-67 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night.
Jordan Usher added 14 points for USC (15-6, 6-2 Pac-12), who have won four straight in the series against the Beavers (11-8, 3-4).
McLaughlin’s 6 free throws help USC hold off Oregon 75-70
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Seeing the ball in Jordan McLaughlin's hands any time brings a smile to Southern California coach Andy Enfield's face, and especially when the game's on the line.
McLaughlin scored the Trojans' last eight points, including six consecutive free throws, to help hold off Oregon for a 75-70 victory on Thursday night.
McLaughlin, Metu help USC overpower Colorado 70-58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a night when their two leading scorers didn't produce, the Southern California Trojans won with defense.
Jordan McLaughlin scored 20 points and the Trojans beat Colorado 70-58 on Wednesday night despite Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright shooting a combined 5 of 22 from the field.
By the time that Pac-12 coaches met for a meal following media day in October, Sean Miller knew which colleagues were his friends and enemies.
Rakocevic has career night in USC’s 80-62 win over Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Nick Rakocevic started the best game of his career with an and-1 bucket down low. The Southern California sophomore followed that with back-to-back layups then felt good enough to wander outside the key for a 16-foot jumper.
On a night when the Trojans were without their leading scorer for the first half, Rakocevic's quick start got USC going early in a game they were never challenged.
USC disciplines Metu after his flagrant foul against WSU
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forward Chimezie Metu will give up his role as team captain and issue a written apology as part of his discipline by Southern California after his flagrant foul in a win over Washington State.
Metu kicked Cougars guard Carter Skaggs in the groin and was ejected late in the first half on Sunday.
Stewart scores 17 as USC beats Washington State 89-71
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a sluggish start in its Pac-12 Conference opener against Washington on Friday, Southern California rebounded Sunday night with a renewed sense of urgency and cruised to a win.
Elijah Stewart scored 17 points and Bennie Boatwright added 13 points to lead the Trojans to an 89-71 victory over Washington State.
Metu scores 27, USC beats Middle Tennessee 89-84
HONOLULU (AP) — Chimezie Metu scored 27 points and Bennie Boatwright added 23 as Southern California held off Middle Tennessee 89-84 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic.
The Trojans (8-4) saw five players score in double-figures. Elijah Stewart added 13 points, Jordan McLaughlin 11, and Shaqquan Aaron 10.
USC opens second half to blitz Akron 84-53.
HONOLULU (AP) — Elijah Stewart scored 20 points, Chimezie Metu 16 and Jonah Mathews 13 and Southern California rallied past Akron for an 84-53 win in a first-round game of the Diamond Head Classic Friday.
USC (7-4) overcame a nine-point deficit in the first half and narrowed the deficit to 33-29 at halftime. The Trojans emerged from the break on a 20-5 run with Stewart and Metu scoring 15 to put USC up 49-38 with 14:39 to play.
No. 10 USC Trojans rally, beat Vanderbilt 93-89 in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Southern California took a risk going on the road this early in the season to visit a Southeastern Conference team, especially a program coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in an old, quirky gym.
The gamble paid off for coach Andy Enfield and the Trojans.
Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 35 points, and 10th-ranked USC rallied from a 10-point deficit midway through the second half to a 93-89 overtime victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday night.
No. 10 USC rolls past Cal State Fullerton 84-42 in opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Andy Enfield is willing to give Chimezie Metu some leeway, and the junior uses it sometimes to call his own shot.
He didn't hit a basket when he did that Friday night, but Metu showed off new range from beyond the arc in the 10th-ranked Trojans' 84-42 rout of Cal State Fullerton to open the season.
Metu had 18 points, making both of his 3-point attempts, and had 10 rebounds.
USC basketball poised to bust school’s football reputation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California may no longer be known as a football school. The basketball Trojans have brought back their eight top scorers, added two impressive freshmen and are being tabbed to make a run at the Pac-12 title.
After winning a school-best 26 games last season, the Trojans were picked by the media to finish second in the league behind front-runner Arizona. That's their highest ever preseason prediction and they even got one first-place vote.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andy Enfield has received a contract extension through the 2023 season after taking Southern California's basketball team to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Athletic director Lynn Swann said Wednesday that Enfield has built consistency and stability in the program during his four years at the helm.
A look at some interesting things as we head into Sunday, when the NCAA Tournament will finalize its Sweet 16:
Southern Cal's De'Anthony Melton got as philosophical as a basketball player can get. When asked about the Trojans' second-round game with Baylor, he answered: "It doesn't matter who's better because sometimes the better team wins, the better team loses. So it just depends on who can play harder and who can get stops at the end of the game."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Southern California's quest to reach the NCAA Tournament likely couldn't survive a loss to one of the Pac-12's worst teams.
The Trojans prevailed, and while it was a struggle, coach Andy Enfield believes they've now done enough to earn a bid.
Chimezie Metu had 24 points and nine rebounds, and USC withstood a poor start and sloppy finish to hold off Washington 78-73 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hovering near the bubble for the NCAA Tournament after a four-game losing streak, USC came out focused early Wednesday night and rolled to an 87-64 victory over Washington State.
Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin fell one rebound shy of a college triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Metu’s career-high 29 fuels USC past Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Southern California coach Andy Enfield, whose Trojans doubled their conference road win total from last season on Saturday night, acknowledged the difficulty of winning on the road in the Pac-12.
"It's the next step for our experienced players," Enfield said, who completed his first conference road sweep during his tenure at USC. "These are quality teams we're beating. . I'm very proud of those (wins)."
Boatwright’s return leads USC past Washington 82-74
SEATTLE (AP) — Southern California was doing just fine with Bennie Boatwright stuck on the bench as a spectator recovering from a knee injury.
His return after being sidelined for more than two months showed what USC could be the final month of the regular season.
Boatwright matched his career-high with 23 points in his first game since late November, De'Anthony Melton added 16 points and USC rallied in the second half for an 82-74 win over Washington on Wednesday night.
USC upsets No. 8 UCLA 84-76 behind 14 3-pointers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's another good college basketball team in Los Angeles, and No. 8 UCLA found out the hard way.
Shaqquan Aaron scored a career-high 23 points off the bench, and Southern California matched its season best with 14 3-pointers in an 84-76 upset of the Bruins on Wednesday night.
No. 25 Southern Cal beats Stanford 72-56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winning a physically tough, ragged game was another step forward for No. 25 Southern California.
With Jordan McLaughlin scoring 15 points and Chimezie Metu adding 14, the Trojans grinded out a hard-fought 72-56 victory over short-handed Stanford 72-56 on Thursday night.
"Oregon got physical and we didn't play well," Metu said. "But our young guys are starting to catch on how to play in the Pac-12. We knew they were going to come out physical tonight and we responded."
Metu leads No. 22 USC past Oregon State, 70-63
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Southern California had lost seven games in a row at Gill Coliseum, and that streak provided fuel for Trojans players Wednesday night.
"It was one of the main things we talked about coming into this trip," forward Chimezie Metu said.
Metu had 19 points and eight rebounds, and No. 22 USC stayed undefeated with a 70-63 victory over Oregon State in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
USC remains unbeaten thanks to McLaughlin’s driving layup
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Southern California coach Andy Enfield hopes this isn't the only time his team wins a tournament championship in Las Vegas this season.
The undefeated Trojans took their last non-conference test Friday night and it turned out to be an extremely difficult one against a stubborn Wyoming team.
With 30 seconds left in overtime, USC had the ball in a tie game.
Stewart leads USC into Las Vegas Classic title game
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Even though Southern California was perfect on the season, coach Andy Enfield tried a new lineup Thursday night.
Enfield started four guards against Missouri State because in three of their past four games, the Trojans trailed by double digits in the first half.
This time, they never trailed at all.
Elijah Stewart scored 21 points to lead No. 23 USC past Missouri State 83-75 in the third round of the Las Vegas Classic as the Trojans remained one of six unbeaten teams in Division I.
No. 23 USC stays unbeaten with a 79-67 win over Cornell
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Andy Enfield can hardly believe his team is still undefeated.
Chimezie Metu scored 17 points and Jordan McLaughlin had 16 points and nine assists to help No. 23 USC shake off another slow start with a 79-67 victory over Cornell on Monday night.
"We have a long way to go," Enfield said. "We have to get better. Honestly, I have no idea how we're 11-0."
Southern California beats BYU 91-84 to remain undefeated
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing their first game without injured forward Bennie Boatwright, Southern California showed it can survive.
Jordan McLaughlin scored 24 points and the Trojans defeated BYU 91-84 on Saturday night in the second game of the inaugural Hoophall LA doubleheader at Staples Center.
No. 8 Gonzaga beat 16th-ranked Arizona 69-62 in the first game.
USC’s Boatwright to miss 6 weeks with sprained left knee
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California forward Bennie Boatwright is expected to miss six weeks with a sprained left knee.
Coach Andy Enfield said Thursday night the sophomore forward had an MRI earlier in the day that showed a Grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament. No surgery is required.
USC off to 6-0 start with 96-72 win over UC Santa Barbara
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was plenty for Southern California coach Andy Enfield to smile about after his team put away UC Santa Barbara 96-72 on Sunday night.
His biggest smile came when he mentioned the Trojans' 25 assists on 33 baskets, a number that even made him overlook his team shooting 35 3-pointers.