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Justin Rose is 2019 Farmers Open Champion

Justin Rose holding his check after winning the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 27, 2019. Jevone Moore
Justin Rose after sinking his final putt for the win during final round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 27, 2019. Jevone Moore

San Diego, CA – After a 36 Hole lead Justin Rose never looked back winning the 2019 Farmers Open by two strokes at (-21 under par). Holding on to the No 1 spot in the world Rose will enjoy this million dollar purse.

“I mean, 21 under par at Torrey Pines is great golf obviously, but you had to do it,” said Rose,  “I was expecting someone to make a challenge and I thought the way my group was playing, obviously Adam, Jon, none of us were getting off to a great start.”

Playing in the final group alongside Rose was Adam Scott who finished second place (-19 under par) there to give a little push through on the day. Scott’s card had five birdies and one costly bogie on the 5th hole.

“Overall my game is most improved from two weeks ago at Sony,” said Scott, “It’s hard to beat when you’re 3 back around this golf course.

Jon Rahm in the bunker during final round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 27, 2019. Jevone Moore

Scott had a shaky front nine, while Rose was playing ok golf and opening a small crack in the doorway. From tee to green was where his troubles came from, while his new putter was going well when needed.

There wasn’t anyone else really there to challenge Rose on Sunday after he fought to dial it in on the back nine. Rose hit 3 birdies but more importantly no more bogies as did on the front nine.

Now when it came to galleries and crowd noise hand down Tiger Woods who made the cut to stay and play the weekend had a following. He was on back nine first being 13 shots off the lead to start the day.

The crowd came out earlier to see Tiger in that Sunday red, but he shook the crowd wearing a red shirt with white stripes that almost look fuchsia at times from afar.

Tiger Woods during final round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 27, 2019. Jevone Moore

“Each day I got a little bit better, which was nice,” said Woods “Well, it was nice to shake off some rust and see what I need to work on.”

Woods will be back in two week to play at the Genesis Open, while some from this field will go to Scottsdale next for the Phoenix Open.

With this win Rose will for sure still hold No 1 ranking in the world going into his next tour stop. Now Rose wins 10th PGA TOUR title to become the winningest player from England since 1945.

Justin Rose fist pump on 16th green during final round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 27, 2019. Jevone Moore

“Winning is difficult out here, it’s never easy, so to get it out the way(tour win),” said Rose, “I guess to win in the position I am in the world rankings, too, kind of makes it — there’s a few little extra special pieces that make this win a fun one.”

Tiger Woods with the gallery watching his shot with him during final round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 27, 2019. Jevone Moore

MVP Daniel Jones Jump Starts North’s Offense in 34-24 Victory

2019 Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobil Alabama on January 26, 2019. (Photo by Shane Cossey / fi360 News)
2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl MVP Daniel Jones during Senior Bowl in Mobil Alabama on January 26, 2019. (Photo by Shane Cossey / fi360 News)

Mobile, Al – With the Reese’s Senior Bowl format of rotating quarterbacks, it can be difficult for the QB’s to get into a rhythm with their unfamiliar receiving core before their time is up.

 

For the North’s QB Daniel Jones (Duke) it didn’t seem to be an issue.  Jones threw 8 of 11 for 115 yards, a rushing and a passing touchdown.  Earning him the MVP of the game.

 

On what his game performance meant, Jones said, “Just showing the poise and showing kind of a comfort in the offense is something they wanted to see.”

 

Will Grier scrambling during the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobil Alabama on January 26, 2019. (Photo by Shane Cossey / fi360 News)

The South jumped out to an early lead with QB Will Grier (W. Virginia) under center for the in the first quarter, throwing for 4 of 8 for 61 yards to put them up 9 to nothing.

 

Jones entered the game with only 1:35 left in the 2nd quarter and headed into the half down 3 to 12, but the third is were the North’s offense start to click under him.

 

In the first possession of the second half, he capped off a 10 play 84 yard series, by taking it into the end zone himself with a 1 yard run.

 

2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobil Alabama on January 26, 2019. (Photo by Shane Cossey / fi360 News)

The North’s defense added to the momentum with Te’von Coney (Notre Dame) recovering a loose ball caused by  Charles Omenihu’s (Texas) sack of QB Jarrett Stidham (Auburn).

 

Jones would take quick advantage of the turnover, with a 25 yard pass to wide receivers Terry McLaurin ( Ohio State) and a 19 yard TD pass to Andy Isabella (UMass)to make 17-12.

 

Isabella lead the North in receiving with 7 reception for 74 yards.  Follow by WR Keelen  Doss (UC Davis) 4 for 55 and McLaurin’s 4 for 53 yards.

 

North coach Jon Gruden remarked on the 2nd half turnaround and what he said in the locker room, “No adjustment.  I told them just adjust your own mindset.  Come out and finish with authority.”

 

Deebo Samuel running after a catch during the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobil Alabama on January 26, 2019. (Photo by Shane Cossey / fi360 News)

The South would fight back in the fourth with QB Tyree Jackson (Buffalo) taking the snaps.  Jackson would post the highest passing yards of the game, going 13 of 21 for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

 

The South would have a failed 2 point conversion for each of those fourth quarter TD’s.  That, along with the North’s Finley’s (N Carolina State) 83 yards passing yards and the 2 rushing touchdowns of Tony Pollard (Memphis) and Dexter Williams (Notre Dame), the South could not make up the deference.

 

Tony Pollard making a cut during the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobil Alabama on January 26, 2019. (Photo by Shane Cossey / fi360 News)

Coach Gruden said of his team, “Really proud of our players and our coaches. It’s fun to win no matter what the circumstances.  The whole team impressed me.”

Justin Rose moves up to hold 36 hole lead – Day 2 Farmers Open

Tiger Woods walking off the 12 tee box after Xander Schauffele of the United States hits during second round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2019. Jevone Moore
Justin Rose watching his tee shot on a par 3 during second round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2019. Jevone Moore

San Diego, CA -After 36 holes of golf at Torrey Pines you can start to see who’s in the running to be in final groups on Sunday.

Justin Rose went to the South Course and held his own taking the No 1 spot at (-15 under par) with 7 birdies and three stroke lead.

“Anytime you equal that (66), you know you’ve gone out there and you’ve put a good round together,” said Rose, “Obviously you never quite know what to expect on the South course.”

After landing in the bunker on the 4 hole, he honed in to hit three birdies in a row. These seemed to kick start the round.

Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2019. Jevone Moore

Hideki Matsuyama is in second at (-12 under par) after two consecutive rounds of 66 on North and South course. The par 5 hole 6 Matsuyama dropped an Eagle too gain two strokes to go with his five birdies.

“The eagle at 6, hit a great drive down the right side, I think about a 4-iron in just short of the green, chipped it up and knocked it in for an eagle there,” said Matsuyama, “Two chip-ins really helped out today, but I hit the ball well.”

The South course was not that kind to few others golfers on day two, after two days the South played 2 strokes tougher.

Jon Rahm lining up a put during second round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2019. Jevone Moore

Day one leader Jon Rahm dropped too tie in third still at (-10 under par) shooting even par on the South course.

Ryan Palmer moved up the leaderboard to be tied for third (-10 under par) with seven birdies on the North course to move in striking distance for the weekend.

“Wind’s allowed the golf course to be gettable, and softer greens, too,” said Palmer, “Just the way the game is now for me, these type of golf courses I look forward to the most and it takes a driver of the golf ball to play these courses well. So far I’ve been doing a good job.”

The cut line for the Farmers Open this year was -3 under par after 36 holes, which left 77 golfers for the weekend.

Tiger Woods putting during second round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2019. Jevone Moore

Notable players making the cut was Tiger Woods (-4 under par), and 6 past champions left in the field.

“Just right now they’re just not going in. It’s one thing to be searching for it, but at least I’m hitting good putts,” said Woods, “I’m going to have to play a very special weekend to have a chance, I’m pretty far back, and the South course, it’s tough.”

A few Tiger fans on the course during second round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 25, 2019. Jevone Moore

Saturday tee times will start at 7:40 am on the South Course.

USC blows out Arizona, snaps five-game losing streak to Wildcats

Nick Rakocevic yells after a dunk vs CAL at Galen Center on January 3, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)
S. Aaron going in for a layup during a USC men’s basketball at Galen Center. Photo by Rick Guerra / fi360 News

The Pac-12 conference race is heating and with Arizona sitting at second place, USC is right behind them after a blowout win over crosstown rival UCLA.

 

USC completely dominated Arizona as Nick Rakocevic scored 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help the Trojans to a 80-57 victory over the Wildcats Thursday at the Galen Center.

 

This is the Trojans first win over Arizona since 2016 and its the largest margin of victory over the Wildcats since 1974. USC won its sixth consecutive home game and improved to 4-0 in home conference games this season.

 

“That was a nice win,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “We played very well together once again. Our zone defense was outstanding, we were challenging shots. Anytime you can beat a good team like Arizona, credit to the players and how hard they played.”

 

The Trojans’ defense was tough throughout the game, holding Arizona to 27.8 percent shooting from the field. USC played 40 minutes of zone defense and Enfield said he has never done that before in his career, but it was working.

 

USC defeated UCLA and Arizona in back-to-back games for the first time since 2016 when it defeated Arizona 103-101 in four overtimes at home and then won at UCLA 89-75. Prior to that, the last time was the 1982 season.

 

“Anytime you beat UCLA and Arizona back-to-back is impressive,” Enfield said. “I’m proud how we’ve improved in the last month. We have a long way to go still. We haven’t arrived yet.”

 

Rakocevic recorded his ninth double-double of the season and Bennie Boatwright added a double-double of his own with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

 

“This is the first time in my career that we’ve beaten Arizona,” Rakocevic said. “We wanted this one. We knew if we played hard and played defense, we’d win. Beating UCLA and Arizona back to back has gotten our momentum going. It has sunk in what needs to be done to win games.”

 

Kevin Porter Jr. returned to the lineup after missing two games due to suspension and scored 14 points, making three three-pointers.

 

“Kevin came in and played in the flow of the offense and defense,” Enfield said.”He stepped up and made shots and got to the line. He had a nice game. He needs to continue to improve.”

 

USC’s next game will be against Arizona State at the Galen Center on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Jon Rahm the Farmers Open day 1 leader

Xander Schauffele of the United States during opening round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 24, 2019. Jevone Moore
Tiger Woods of the United States during opening round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 24, 2019. Jevone Moore

San Diego, CA – The beloved Torrey Pines on day 1 has the top 5 players on the leaderboard from the North Course. Jon Rahm finished his round with a score of (-10 under par) to hold a slim one shot lead over Justin Rose and Doug Ghim (-9 under par).

The crowd favorite Tiger Woods started out on the South Course which today played about three strokes harder than the North Course. Wood finished with a workingman’s 70 (-2 under par) for his first round on the 2019 season.

“I felt like I drove the pretty good today even though I missed a few fairways, but they were controllable,” said Woods, “It will be a lot easier. I’ve got a competitive round under my belt.”

Rory Mcllroy hitting out of a bunker during opening round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 24, 2019. Jevone Moore

The defending champion from 2018 Jason Day came back to defend his title. Day finished with (-5 under par) on the North Course.

“Shooting 5 under out there was pretty good, but getting beat by a guy who shot 10 under, it’s amazing to watch,” said Day, “So the course wasn’t playing as long as it could have been, but once again, the greens are relatively new, so they’re firm.”

Ram will look to play aggressive Friday on the tougher South Course, and he no stranger just two years ago in 2017 he won the Farmers Open.

“Starting with an eagle, obviously it’s a huge thing,” Said Ram, “The biggest thing is going to be the weather and how much wind you get because those fairways are so narrow.”

Rickie Fowler of the United States during opening round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 24, 2019. Jevone Moore

Brandon Hagy led the golfers on the South Course with (-6 under par) to be tied for sixth place with nine other golfers after the first round.

The players will all swap courses and hope the weather stays nice like it was today to allow for another great day of scores.

The local hometown favorite Xander Schauffele shot (-3 under par) playing in a group with Tiger. Schauffele heard the chats of ‘Go Aztec’ thought out his round, being a San Diego State Alum.

Tiger Woods of the United States hitting a bunker shot during opening round of the Farmers Open at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, Ca on January 24, 2019. Jevone Moore

“It’s fine, it’s Torrey South, you’re not going to hit many fairways in general,” said Schauffele, “Just need to keep playing how I’m playing and we’ll see where the cards fall.”

Friday’s rounds will tee off at 9am on both course, from 1st and 10th tee.

Purdue wins first Hoosier matchup of the season

Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers game at Mackey Arena on January 20 , 2019. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)
Karissa McLaughlin shooting over the out reach hand of Brenna Wise during the Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers game at Mackey Arena on January 20 , 2019. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

West Lafayette, IN  — First the wrestling team, then the  men’s team and now the women’s basketball team; all three defeated a rival Indiana University this weekend.

Freshman Kayana Traylor led the Lady Boilermakers in the upset at home against the 25th ranked IU Hoosiers. Traylor attacked the Hoosiers with mid range shots from the left side of the lane. With 15 points, 5 of 10 from the field and 4 of 5 from the foul line, she set a new career high in the win.
This rivalry matchup was played close by both teams. The lead changed seven times throughout and was tied up 11 times.
Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers game at Mackey Arena on January 20 , 2019. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

The biggest difference on the court came down to foul trouble. IU shot 5/6 on foul shots. The high success rate didn’t factor in when Purdue was at the line 21 times and drained 16 of them.

Purdue’s standout guard Karissa McLaughlin went 6/6 from the foul line, adding to her 14 total points. The shots Purdue was allowed from the foul line gave it the advantage of scoring more as well as remaining outside of foul trouble.
A change in the defensive approach after halftime allowed Purdue to limit IU’s shooting. A clean full court press trapped the Hoosier’s Bendu Yeaney with minimal mistakes. IU scores 18 in the second period and then was held to just 11 and 10 in the remaining two.
Karissa McLaughlin with the dagger to put the boilermakers up by 2 during the Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers game at Mackey Arena on January 20 , 2019. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

The full court defensive gave the Boilers 19 points from turnovers, opposed to IU’s 11.

The final minutes consisted of several ties and lead changes. Purdue would be trailing by one with under four minutes left when McLaughlin worked her way to the post for 2. Another clutch 2 from McLaughlin gave Purdue the lead with seconds left.
Missing from Purdue’s game was any type of range. Traylor and Cassidy Hardin hit the only shots outside the circle. The team was 2/8 on 3s. IU finished 6/16.
Dominique Oden shooting over a IU defender during the Indiana Hoosiers vs Purdue Boilermakers game at Mackey Arena on January 20 , 2019. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

Purdue starts Big 10 road tour to see Minnesota Thursday and Iowa on Sunday. The team is now 14-6, 5-2 in Big 10 play.

USC dominates UCLA to snap four-game losing streak

January 19, 2019 Los Angeles, CA UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 19, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)
UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 19, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Los Angeles, CA – The USC basketball team came into the matchup with crosstown rival UCLA on a four-game losing streak against the Bruins.

 

USC junior forward Nick Rakocevic scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help USC to a dominating 80-67 win over UCLA Saturday at the Galen Center.

 

Bennie Boatwright added 21 points and made a season-high five three-pointers. USC won its fifth consecutive home game and improved to 3-0 in home conference games this season.

 

Boatwright looking for options during the UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 19, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“It was important to get off to a good start,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said. “They came back, we knew they’d make a run. With 19 minutes to go, I thought our defense picked us up and we made shots.”

 

After UCLA’s Moses Brown tied it at 38, Boatwright drained back-to-back three’s to spark the Trojans 28-7 run in the second half. The Trojans led by as many as 26.

 

UCLA went scoreless over four minutes while USC went on a 14-0 run to take a 60-42 with 11:07 remaining in the game. The Trojans played suffocating defense in the second half, holding UCLA’s shooting to 37.8 percent.

 

“Last year, they came and beat us here,” Jonah Mathews said. “We couldn’t let that happen this year. It was personal for all of us.”

 

Moses Brown going to the basket during the UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 19, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

USC opened the game hitting 5-of-7 from the field and took 12-4 lead. The Bruins mounted a 10-2 run but still trailed, 18-14, with 11:04 left in the first half.

 

The Trojans scored seven straight points to end the first half with a 36-33 lead. USC had a season-high 26 assists and made 12 three-point baskets.

 

“We gave great effort,” Enfield said. “We challenged shots. We did a decent job on the boards. We rotated quickly. We got in front of them and made it hard for them to get to the basket.

 

UCLA Bruins vs USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 19, 2019. (Photo by Jevone Moore)

USC’s next game will be against Arizona at the Galen Center on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.

 

GUY TORRY’S 50th BIRTHDAY COMEDY ROAST

Guy Torry F*ck It I'm 50 COMEDY BIRTHDAY ROAST at the Novo on Friday January 11, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)
Guy Torry F*ck It I’m 50 COMEDY BIRTHDAY ROAST at the Novo on Friday January 11, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Los Angeles, CA – A stage full of talent with quick minds and tongues that can cut the best of them, were on hand for Guy Torry’s 50th Birthday Comedy Roast Friday night at The Novo.

Comedian Guy Torry was center stage for his roast that was hosted by Jemele Hill to keep the jokes flowing all night. Fourteen friends had chairs on stage with him from his college roomate to Chris Spencer.

Guy Torry and the fellas on Friday January 11, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

With most of the folks all knowing each other through comedy brought out the best from his friends when they hit the mic, cracking each other and Guy all night.

This was a special milestone for Guy turning 50 years-old coming from East St. Louis to Los Angeles.

He revealed that he did the roast to raise money and awareness for charity he helps out “My Friends House”  Foundation Los Angeles who feeds/clothes the homeless on skid row every Wednesday.

Guy Torry donation presentation at the Novo on Friday January 11, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

There were a few video roast from folks who could not make it, but there was one that caught Guy by surprise. Mama Torry dropped a message on him, that choked him up and touched his heart in a special way.

Buddy Lewis and Kym Whitley garner a lot of attention all night from dishing out jokes or being the bud of them.

The event kicked off with the red carpet before VIPs enjoyed a seperate floor to relax and enjoy before the show.

Kym Whitley, Michael J White, Gillian Waters, Guy, and Melanie Comarcho at the Novo on Friday January 11, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Guy closed out the show with some thank you, and gratitude for make Phat Tuesdays a huge success over the year.

Rams cheerleaders cheering on Guy Torry as he danced at the Novo on Friday January 11, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

The Clemson Tigers pounced on Alabama to win the Championship

National Championship Bay Area 2019: Clemson Tigers running back Darien Rencher #21 and Clemson Tigers running back Tavien Feaster #28 after Alabama vs Clemson game at Levis Stadium on Monday January 07, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)
Clemson Tigers wide receiver Justyn Ross #8 on his way to touchdown in the second half of the National Championship Bay Area 2019 between Alabama vs Clemson game at Levis Stadium on Monday January 07, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Santa Clara, CA – Clemson just went three & out to start the game. Now it was Alabama time, led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa who became a household name last season in the College Football Playoff Semifinal against this same school.

This time the Tigers were ready for Tagovailoa when A.J. Terrell jumped the route for a pick six and ignited a 44-16 victory in CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP game at Levis Stadium.

Now Clemson with this win has won its second National Championship in three years over previous No 1 team Alabama.

National Championship Bay Area 2019: Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney after the Alabama vs Clemson game at Levis Stadium on Monday January 07, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“Just amazing. I’m so proud of our team,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, “But tonight, there’s no doubt.”

Led by true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence who finished the game with 347 yards three touchdowns. Lawrence targeted nine different receivers in this game, but it was his your guns who stepped up making some crazy catches to move the chains.

Justyn Ross led Clemson receivers with 154 yards and huge 74 yard touchdown catch  with a shake & bake  in the third quarter making the score 37-16 8:04 to play.

Just as impressive was running back Travis Etienne who in the red zone was a dual threat scoring two rushing touchdowns and catching a touchdown pass as well. He carried ball 14 times for 86 yards average 6.1 yards.

Clemson Tigers wide receiver Tee Higgins #5 making a touchdown catch in the second half of the National Championship Bay Area 2019 between Alabama vs Clemson game at Levis Stadium on Monday January 07, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“The games like this you’ve got to make big plays,” said Lawrence, “You just give them a chance, and they’ll come down with it.(football)”

Alabama coach Nick Saban never seem to be hot or cold today wearing a poker face all game. He saw his quarterback make some mistake but shake it off and score at least in the first quarter.

Turnovers added fuel to fire for the Clemson offense and kept Alabama offense off the field.

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #13 slowed down in the second half of the National Championship Bay Area 2019 between Alabama vs Clemson game at Levis Stadium on Monday January 07, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

The defensive line who looks like they all should be playing on Sundays right now gave Alabama all they could handled. The elusive Tagovailoa was only sacked  twice but they were applying pressure all night.

Safety Isaiah Simmons led Clemson with nine tackles, six solo with a tackle for a loss. It was the secondary who benefited from front line play.

The front line anchor Christian Wilkins recorded four tackles and .05 sack leading their charge in the absence of Dexter Lawrence.

National Championship Bay Area 2019: Stadium front for the Alabama vs Clemson game at Levis Stadium on Monday January 07, 2019 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Before the Tigers left the field, he already challenged his team that they need to learn from this win and be ready to back for next year championship.

“So thankful, and can’t wait to get back started Friday and see if we can find a way to go do it again,” said Swinney.

USC wins fourth straight with a win over Stanford

Stanford vs USC basketball game on Sunday January 6, 2019 at Galen Center. (Photo by Rick Guerra / fi360 News)
Stanford vs USC basketball game on Sunday January 6, 2019 at Galen Center. (Photo by Rick Guerra / fi360 News)

The USC basketball team is off to a strong start in Pac-12 conference play, winning its first two games for the first time since 2010.

 

USC defeated Stanford, 77-66, and won its fourth straight game Sunday night at the Galen Center.

 

Junior forward Nick Rakocevic scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Bennie Boatwright finished with 22 points.

 

Stanford vs USC basketball game on Sunday January 6, 2019 at Galen Center. (Photo by Rick Guerra / fi360 News)

“It was a good win,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said. “Stanford is a good team. They played at a high level in the second half. We were fortunate to win.”

 

Stanford outscored USC 15-6 to cut the lead to 37-36 with four and a half minutes into the second half. The Trojans went on an 11-0 run to take a 68-55 lead with 2:22 remaining in the game.

“I was super aggressive and maintained it through the whole game, Rakocevic said. “My teammates did a great job finding me. The crowd got us into it and made us more hyped to play.”

 

USC held 13-point lead before heading into halftime up, 31-21. The Trojans scores the first 13 points of the game.

 

Stanford vs USC basketball game on Sunday January 6, 2019 at Galen Center. (Photo by Rick Guerra / fi360 News)

Junior guard Jonah Mathews twisted his ankle at 14:29 of the second half with USC leading 41-36. When he returned it was 46-all. Mathews finished with 11 points.

 

“(Jonah’s injury) scared us,” Rakocevic said. “We’re extremely short of players. Right there, I was shaking. We’re all glad he was able to come back and finish the game.”

 

Stanford vs USC basketball game on Sunday January 6, 2019 at Galen Center. (Photo by Rick Guerra / fi360 News)

USC’s next game will be at Oregon State on Thursday at 8 p.m.

“The Pac-12 is wide open,” Boatwright said. “We just have to handle business and understand we have to get better.”

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