USC Beats CSU Bakersfield
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
In his eighth season as head coach, Rod Barnes lead the Cal State University Bakersfield Roadrunners into the Galen Center to compete against the University of Southern California Trojans. Both these Basketball programs came into the game with 3-2 records in this early season matchup. Surprisingly there is very little history between the two programs, as this will be only the second time these teams have played again each other.
This was a competitive game throughout the first half. Coach Barnes clearly recruited some tough-minded kids to play in his program. Additionally, Coach Barnes and staff have scoured to the country to put this team together. As 6 states are represented on the CSU Bakersfield hoop team, compared to 5 states being for the Trojans
The halftime score was indicative of the competitiveness displayed by each team, as CSU Bakersfield held a 46-44 at halftime lead. All-Time CSU leader in 3 pointers Guard Damiyne Durham led the Roadrunners with 16 points at the half. While Sophomore Guard Jordan Usher led the Trojans with 13 points at the half.
The Trojans broke the game open with a 22-6 run late in the 2nd half of the game. Guards Elijah Weaver, Jordan Usher, and Bennie Boatwright sparked the run with a 14-0 run by the Trojans Guards as they took control of this game. Coach Enfield modestly mentioned in his post-game press conference “We got some key stops, in the last eight minutes to really turn the game.”
“They made some tough threes, but we also gave them some semi-contested threes in the first half.” Explained USC Head Coach Andy Enfield when discussing the run they went on in the second half, “In the last 6-7 minutes, we did a great job of making them uncomfortable while they were shooting.”
The Trojans defended their home court as they did when these two teams last played against each other in December of 2013. This young Trojan is versatile and athletic even without their star recruit Kevin Porter Jr., who was out with a calf injury. It will be interesting to see how this young team look with the full complement of players. Please let me know your thoughts on what you think the Trojans ceiling is this season, by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or @whatsgoodinsports on Twitter.