Okongwu has 14 points, USC beats Fairfield 54-47
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Onyeka Okongwu had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and USC beat Fairfield 54-47 in a first-round game at the Orlando Invitational on Thursday.
Jonah Matthews scored 14 points and Elijah Weaver added 13 for the Trojans (6-1), who rebounded after their season-opening five-game winning streak was snapped in a 70-61 loss to Temple on Nov. 22.
"I thought it was great team defense," USC coach Andy Enfield said. "Our guards played tough, especially against their perimeter shooters."
Fairfield (1-5) got 16 points from Landon Taliaferro and 13 from Jesus Cruz.
"We fought," Fairfield coach Jay Young said. "Our offensive execution was terrible. I just didn't like the pace we were playing. We got to a late shot clock way