USC put itself in a big hole early and couldn’t recover as the Trojans’ best basketball start the 2000-01 season ended in an 87-77 loss to No. 23-ranked Xavier on Friday in the AdvoCare Invitational title game.
Xavier (6-0) took control early on en route to a 54-27 halftime lead. Trevon Bluiett scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half. Xavier also got 13 points from Edmond Sumner.
“Xavier played outstanding basketball in the first half,” USC Coach Andy Enfield said. “We got on our heels a little bit on offense. It kind of snowballed on us.”
The Trojans (5-1), who had defeated No. 20 Wichita State on Thursday, were looking to win...