LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan McLaughlin scored 20 points, Katin Reinhardt added 17 and Southern California cruised past Cal State Northridge 96-61 Monday night for the Trojans’ first 4-0 start since 2000-01.
Bennie Boatwright added 12 points and Nikola Jovanovic had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans. They made a season-high 13 3-pointers, with McLaughlin hitting four and Reinhardt five, surpassing their previous best of 12 last Saturday against New Mexico.
Freshman Jason Richardson led the Matadors (2-3) with 18 points. Olalekan Ajayi had 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Reinhardt’s 3-pointer pushed USC to its largest lead of 72-37 midway through the second half.
The Matadors were 1 of 14 from 3-point range. It was their worst loss since an 80-49 defeat against UC Irvine in January.
The Trojans led 46-26 at halftime — using runs of 13-0 and 15-2 — after going up by 27 on a 3-pointer by McLaughlin. The Matadors shot 35 percent in the half when their bench got outscored 15-0.
CSUN: The Matadors are keeping it local with four straight games against USC, Loyola Marymount, UCLA and Pepperdine. Only the game against the Waves is at home. … Richardson is leading the team in points and assists so far.
USC: The Trojans had 15 assists on 17 field goals in the first half. … Julian Jacobs had 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists. … They improved to 7-1 all-time against Northridge. … They just missed reaching the century mark for the second time in three games, having beaten Monmouth 101-90 on Nov. 16.
CSUN: At Loyola Marymount on Wednesday.
USC: Plays No. 20 Wichita State at AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
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