LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katin Reinhardt scored 29 points, making seven 3-pointers, and USC never trailed in a 101-82 victory over Cal Poly on Thursday night for its fourth straight win.
Reinhardt shot 9 of 12 from the floor, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range. Freshman Chimezie Metu scored a season-high 16 points and Julian Jacobs had 10 points and a career-high 13 assists for the Trojans (9-2).
USC improved to 7-0 at home and 8-0 in-state.
The Trojans shot 12 of 23 from 3-point range. It was their fifth game this year with at least 12 3s.
David Nwaba scored 15 points to lead five scorers in double figures for the Mustangs (5-5), who lost three of their last four.
Reinhardt made his first five field goals, including his first three 3-pointers, to reach double figures and put USC in front five minutes into the game.
He never cooled off, ultimately scoring 22 points in the first half to get the Trojans out to a 49-42 halftime lead.
As hot as Reinhardt was, USC couldn’t fully shake Cal Poly. The Mustangs trailed by 15 with four minutes to go in the half, but used late runs of 10-2 and 7-2 to cut the deficit to a manageable 7-point margin by the buzzer.
Reinhardt picked up where he left off to finally put Cal Poly away in the second half.
He drained a 3-pointer from the corner in front of his own bench on USC’s opening possession, assisted on Bennie Boatwright’s 3-pointer on the next, converted a technical free throw and then drained another 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Trojans up 62-48 with 16:49 to go.
Reinhardt only attempted one more shot the rest of the way as other players stepped up to finish it off for USC.
Nikola Jovanovic had 13 points and Boatwright and Darion Clark each had 10 to give the Trojans six players in double figures.
Cal Poly: The Mustangs completed the second game of a season-long six-game road trip. . Freshman forward Josh Martin became eligible Thursday and came off the bench for his Cal Poly debut. He was a midseason transfer from Minnesota last year. . Cal Poly lost their last two games by a combined 49 points after losing 93-63 to St. Mary’s earlier this week.
USC: Julian Jacobs returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous game with tendinitis in his left Achilles. . The Trojans are off to their best start since 2006-07, when they also began 9-2. … USC improved to 1-2 all-time officially against Cal Poly. The Trojans beat the Mustangs in 2007 but vacated the win due to NCAA sanctions
Cal Poly visits Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sunday
USC hosts SIU-Edwardsville on Monday
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