The Titans fought hard, but came up short in their season opener, falling to USC 84-42 in front of a rowdy crowd at the Galen Center.
The game showed why the Trojans are ranked No. 10 in the country, as they took the lead early and never slowed down on their way to a blowout victory.
Although the score shows otherwise, the game wasn’t as lopsided as it seemed. Both teams came out fast at the beginning and had a hard time finding the back of the basket. However, it seemed the Titans beat themselves more than the Trojans, as they missed wide open shots, layups and gave up numerous turnovers that gave the Trojans a chance to pull away.
In the first half, the Titans shot only 15 percent from the field, while the Trojans delivered on 41 percent, which included 50 percent from the three-point line. Overall, the Titans shot just 23 percent to the Trojans 41 percent.
The Trojans bench also proved to be a deciding factor in the match, as the Trojans bench outscored Fullerton 24-9.
Although the loss was tough, there were some good takeaways from the night.
Coach Dedrique Taylor was able to get in his entire squad, giving them good minutes against a nationally ranked opponent. If the Titans are able to minimize their turnovers (they had 21 tonight) and drain their open shots at a higher percentage, this can be a good year for the Titans.
Jackson Rowe led the team with 12 points and 8 rebounds, on 50 percent shooting, while Khalil Ahmad chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
The Titans head back on the road November 15 against another ranked opponent, as they take on No. 22 Saint Mary’s.