USC hoops holds on for 66-59 win 

November, 12, 2011
It wasn’t pretty, but the USC Trojans won their season opener for the fourth consecutive season, coming away with a 66-59 victory over Cal State Northridge on Friday night.

Despite holding the Matadors to 25 percent shooting from the floor, the Trojans could never take full control of the game, thanks to 19 turnovers and missing all 15 of their 3-point attempts.

USC coach Kevin O’Neill has been adamant in his stance that the Trojans will only be as good as sophomore point guard Maurice Jones this season, and that was evident in the first game of the year. Jones didn’t have his best offensive game, as he made just one of his first 12 shots. But when Northridge clawed their way back from a 13-point deficit to take a 54-52 lead with less than four minutes remaining, Jones converted a three-point play to give the Trojans a 55-54 lead, which they would not relinquish. Jones went on to score eight of USC's final 12 points.