LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Omar Oraby scored 17 points and Southern California defeated Cal State Northridge 95-79 Tuesday night in a matchup of new coaches Andy Enfield and former UNLV and NBA star Reggie Theus.
Oraby, who at 7-foot-2 towered over everyone, finished one point off his career high. Bryon Wesley added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Nikola Jovanovic had 11 points for the Trojans (1-1), who gave Enfield his first win while taking their home opener for the sixth consecutive year. It was the first of four games for them at Galen Center in the next 10 days.
Josh Greene scored 19 points, and Stephen Maxwell had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Matadors (1-1). Theus, who coached in the NBA, was hired in April to boast the basketball fortunes of the Big West school. He’s working with a roster that includes nine new players and six returnees.
There were plenty of empty seats for Enfield’s first home game, typical of the attendance for basketball games at the football-dominated school.
Trailing by 11 at halftime, the Matadors whittled their deficit down to 58-54 on two free throws by Greene.
From there, the Trojans took over with a 26-7 run, including nine straight points, which pushed their lead to 84-61 with just over five minutes left. Oraby scored seven of their nine points during one stretch in which the Trojans kept feeding him down low. J.T. Terrell added eight points in the spurt.
The Trojans lost 78-65 at Utah State in Enfield’s debut. He came from Florida Gulf Coast, where he took the tiny school on a surprising run to the final 16 of the NCAA tournament in March.
Under Enfield, FGCU became known as Dunk City for its fast-paced offense. The Trojans have yet to adopt that identity, getting just three dunks against the Matadors.
The pace was bogged down by a combined 48 fouls in the game. USC went 16 of 26 from the free-throw line; Northridge was 28 of 37.
The Trojans shot 57 percent from the floor and had 14 turnovers, while the Matadors were held to 33 percent shooting and committed 13 turnovers.
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