NCAAB Game Recap - USC at Fairfield
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:00 PM EST

MD
76
Temp
69
F
Mich
73
UNC
64
F
Gonz
73
Oreg
72
F(OT)
Iowa
72
TxTch
61
F
SoMis
56
Seton
81
F
Pepp
91
Ariz
93
F
NCSU
78
Mem
83
F
TexAr
77
Elon
67
F
TexAM
51
Harv
62
F
TNSt
82
CAPoly
72
F
Prov
65
LongB
66
F
USC
54
Fairf
47
F
NFla
95
LongI
92
F
Wake
65
Charl
56
F
David
63
Marq
73
F
IaSt
104
Alab
89
F
UCF
67
Penn
68
F
Crei
52
SDSU
83
F

USC 54, Fairfield 47

Nov 28, 2019, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

USC (6-1)

25

29

54

Fairfield (1-5)

22

25

47

Okongwu has 14 points, USC beats Fairfield 54-47
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:25 PM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Onyeka Okongwu had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and USC beat Fairfield 54-47 in a first-round game at the Orlando Invitational on Thursday.

Jonah Matthews scored 14 points and Elijah Weaver added 13 for the Trojans (6-1), who rebounded after their season-opening five-game winning streak was snapped in a 70-61 loss to Temple on Nov. 22.

"I thought it was great team defense," USC coach Andy Enfield said. "Our guards played tough, especially against their perimeter shooters."

Fairfield (1-5) got 16 points from Landon Taliaferro and 13 from Jesus Cruz.

"We fought," Fairfield coach Jay Young said. "Our offensive execution was terrible. I just didn't like the pace we were playing. We got to a late shot clock way too many times and the numbers reflect what we were doing in the late shot clock."

USC overcome an eight-point deficit with 12 minutes left in the first half to take a 25-22 lead at the break.

"I couldn't understand some of the decisions we made," Enfield said. "We just weren't sharp. We probably should have had six or seven more assists but we couldn't finish."

Weaver opened the second half with a pair of 3's to help USC go up 14 points with 8 minutes remaining.

USC dominated in the paint, outscoring Fairfield 24-6. The Trojans also had a 20-4 advantage in fast-break points.

Fairfield shot just 27% (17 of 63) and USC went 20 for 48 (41.7%).

BIG PICTURE

USC: Started a stretch of playing eight of 10 games away from home, including its first three in conference play. It could be a bonding experience for the Trojans, who started two freshmen and a sophomore.

Fairfield: Coming off a 74-55 loss to then-No. 6 Maryland on Nov. 19 in which the Stags went 12 of 25 (48%) from 3-point range and trailed by just nine midway through the second half. Fairfield made 9 of 26 (34.6%) Thursday.

"We wanted to play inside out, and that enabled us to get a couple open looks," Young said. "We shouldn't be taking that many three's, we just shouldn't. We're not a team that can make that many."

UP NEXT

USC will play the winner of Davidson-Marquette in the semifinals Friday.

Fairfield will face the loser of Davidson and Marquette Friday in the consolation round.

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Leaders

USC PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Anderson 0 0 2 3 0 0
M. Agbonkpolo 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fairfield PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Whipple 0 0 1 2 0 0
A. Jeanne-Rose 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

USC Fairf
Points For 54 47
Field Goals 20/48-42% 17/63-27%
Three Pointers 5/12-42% 9/26-35%
Free Throws 9/17-53% 4/6-67%
Offensive Rebounds 7 9
Defensive Rebounds 31 23
Rebounds 38 32
Blocks 5 0
Steals 7 7
Turnovers 15 10
Personal Fouls 11 13
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - USC Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Nov 28 USC 54 @ Fairf 47 Q. Adlesh 2 K. Senghore-Peterson 2

Game Information

Stadium: HP Field House, Kissimmee, Florida
Attendance: 0
Game Time: