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USC on top in the early going

2/27/2010

Through 12 minutes of play, USC leads visiting Oregon State, 19-10, behind solid defense and timely shooting. Dwight Lewis and Leonard Washington have six apiece for the Trojans; the Beavers' Seth Tarver leads his team with three points.

Oregon State's swarming zone defense has been effective, but the Trojans' defense has been even better. The Beavers are shooting just 31 percent from the field.

It's senior day at the Galen Center. The Trojans honored senior guards Mike Gerrity, Marcus Johnson and Lewis — as well as forward Kasey Cunningham, who won't be returning for his fifth year of eligibility — pregame with a plaque and a bouquet. Lewis was also presented with a poster by Athletic Director Mike Garrett's young son.

Not a loud atmosphere here, though, with the student section no more than half full. The challenge now for Kevin O'Neill's team is avoiding the same type of letdown that occurred Thursday against Oregon.