Utilizing their usual stingy defense, the USC Trojans (4-4) held UC Riverside (2-5) to just 11 points in the second half and were able to cruise to a 56-35 victory.
The 35 points were the fewest allowed by the Trojans this season, as Greg Allen (11 points, three 3-pointers) and Alexis Moore (10 points) paced them offensively. It was a balanced attack with center Dewayne Dedmon out with a foot injury, as Aaron Fuller scored nine points and Byron Wesley and Garrett Jackson each finished with eight.
Defensively, the Trojans forced 15 turnovers and held the Highlanders to 34 percent from the floor.
This was USC's second consecutive win after three straight losses, including a very disappointing defeat at the hands of Cal Poly. The Trojans will look to continue their current winning streak as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers this Saturday.