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USC off to 6-0 start with 96-72 win over UC Santa Barbara

LOS ANGELES (AP) There was plenty for Southern California coach Andy Enfield to smile about after his team put away UC Santa Barbara 96-72 on Sunday night.

His biggest smile came when he mentioned the Trojans' 25 assists on 33 baskets, a number that even made him overlook his team shooting 35 3-pointers.

''We shot 40 percent, made 14, but we had 25 assists so I can't get too upset with our players,'' Enfield said. ''We've got some good shooters on this team. But 25 assists, that's a lot. So we did a good job of finding the open man, making the extra pass.''

The Trojans (6-0) are off to their best start since 2000-01 when they opened with an 8-0 mark.

''A 6-0 start is great,'' said Enfield. ''We're thrilled. I think we're all thrilled because we've played some good teams.''

Bennie Boatwright scored 21 points, Elijah Stewart had 18 points, and Chimezie Metu and Shaqquan Aaron added 15 apiece for the Trojans. Jordan McLaughlin finished with 13 points.

''He's much more comfortable,'' McLaughlin said of Boatwright, who missed the Trojans' first two games with upper back spasms. ''He's coming off an injury and got out of rhythm. He got the first couple of games out of his system, and now he's back to shooting the ball. He'll be fine.''

In control throughout, USC remained content to attack the Gauchos from the outside, taking 35 of their 61 shots from beyond the arc, making 14.

''They've got really good shooters, and they shoot the ball extremely well'' Gaucho coach Bob Williams said. ''They shot the ball really well when they got up.''

Jalen Canty had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead UC Santa Barbara (0-5). Gabe Vincent scored 15 points and Alex Hart added 14 for the Gauchos, which outscored the Trojans 46-30 in the paint.

The Gauchos scored the first basket of the game only to see the Trojans lead from the 18:50 mark of the first half. The Gauchos were still within 66-59 with 8:16 remaining before USC pulled away.

''The last five, six minutes the roof came off for them, and we didn't play very well,'' said Williams. ''We fell apart the last five, six, seven minutes.''

BIG PICTURE

The Gauchos are 0-5, but opened last season with a 2-7 mark before rebounding to finish 19-14 overall, 11-5 in the Big West Conference.

USC has won 15 consecutive non-conference games at the Galen Center, beating UCSB in 13 out of the last 14 meetings. The Gauchos have not beaten the Trojans since 2002.

UP NEXT

UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos play their first home game of the season against Sonoma State on Thursday night.

USC: The Trojans play on the road for the first time this season Wednesday night at San Diego.

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Key Players
G. Vincent
J. McLaughlin
32.6 Min. Per Game 32.6
9.8 Pts. Per Game 9.8
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
32.9 Field Goal % 52.3
22.9 Three Point % 37.5
69.6 Free Throw % 62.5
  35-second shot clock violation turnover on Southern California 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Southern California 0.0
  Jonah Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Nick Rakocevic 33.0
  Eric Childress missed 2nd of 2 free throws 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Nick Rakocevic 33.0
  Eric Childress missed 1st of 2 free throws 33.0
  Personal foul on Elijah Stewart 33.0
+ 2 Shaqquan Aaron made layup, assist by Jonah Mathews 33.0
+ 2 Gabe Vincent made layup, assist by Eric Childress 44.0
+ 2 Nick Rakocevic made layup, assist by Elijah Stewart 50.0
Team Stats
Points 72 96
Field Goals 30-66 (45.5%) 33-61 (54.1%)
3-Pointers 5-22 (22.7%) 14-35 (40.0%)
Free Throws 7-15 (46.7%) 16-24 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 29 38
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 18 27
Team 2 3
Assists 18 26
Steals 4 6
Blocks 1 8
Turnovers 9 11
Fouls 22 16
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
21 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo UCSB 0-5 383472
home team logo USC 6-0 435396
Team Stats
away team logo UCSB 0-5 73.1 PPG 41.1 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logo USC 6-0 77.2 PPG 39.4 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
00
J. Canty F PPG RPG APG FG%
25
B. Boatwright F 18.4 PPG 6.5 RPG 2.3 APG 48.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Canty F 16 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
B. Boatwright F 21 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
45.5 FG% 54.1
22.7 3PT FG% 40.0
46.7 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Canty 16 10 2 6/9 0/0 4/7 3 30 1 0 0 5 5
G. Vincent 15 1 4 5/14 2/9 3/6 4 32 0 0 1 0 1
A. Lakoju 12 6 1 6/7 0/0 0/0 4 25 0 1 1 2 4
E. Childress 6 1 7 2/6 2/4 0/2 2 34 0 0 2 0 1
C. Terrell 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 18 0 0 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Canty 16 10 2 6/9 0/0 4/7 3 30 1 0 0 5 5
G. Vincent 15 1 4 5/14 2/9 3/6 4 32 0 0 1 0 1
A. Lakoju 12 6 1 6/7 0/0 0/0 4 25 0 1 1 2 4
E. Childress 6 1 7 2/6 2/4 0/2 2 34 0 0 2 0 1
C. Terrell 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 18 0 0 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hart 14 4 0 7/14 0/2 0/0 4 26 2 0 1 2 2
M. Heidegger 7 2 2 3/9 1/4 0/0 3 17 0 0 1 0 2
C. Powell 2 2 2 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 18 1 0 1 0 2
T. Osifeso - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Slajchert - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Walters - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Blackmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kupchak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Pickles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 27 18 30/66 5/22 7/15 22 200 4 1 9 9 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Boatwright 21 4 2 7/13 5/11 2/2 3 32 0 0 2 1 3
E. Stewart 18 4 2 7/13 4/10 0/0 4 29 0 2 1 1 3
S. Aaron 15 5 4 5/10 2/6 3/4 0 26 0 0 0 1 4
C. Metu 15 5 3 4/6 0/0 7/8 4 30 2 3 4 1 4
J. McLaughlin 13 4 5 4/6 3/3 2/4 0 33 0 0 1 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Boatwright 21 4 2 7/13 5/11 2/2 3 32 0 0 2 1 3
E. Stewart 18 4 2 7/13 4/10 0/0 4 29 0 2 1 1 3
S. Aaron 15 5 4 5/10 2/6 3/4 0 26 0 0 0 1 4
C. Metu 15 5 3 4/6 0/0 7/8 4 30 2 3 4 1 4
J. McLaughlin 13 4 5 4/6 3/3 2/4 0 33 0 0 1 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Rakocevic 8 4 0 4/5 0/0 0/1 2 11 0 1 2 2 2
D. Melton 6 3 5 2/3 0/1 2/4 2 19 4 1 0 2 1
C. Buggs 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 1 0 0 3
K. Karis 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Dhillon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Mathews 0 3 5 0/5 0/4 0/1 0 12 0 0 1 0 3
D. Thornton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 96 35 26 33/61 14/35 16/24 16 200 6 8 11 8 27