Gregg Marshall

USC improves to 5-0 with 72-69 win over No. 20 Wichita State

USC improves to 5-0 with 72-69 win over No. 20 Wichita State

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Freshman Bennie Boatwright has helped the USC men's basketball team to its best start in 15 years.

Boatwright had a career-high 22 points and the Trojans beat No. 20 Wichita State, 72-69, in a first-round game Thursday at the AdvoCare Invitational.

"We feel like that we have a very young, talented team, but need some more experience," USC Coach Andy Enfield said. "We're certainly not a great team yet, we have a lot of things to work on, but this is a big win for us. It means a lot."

Wichita State (2-2) played without senior guard Fred VanVleet, who missed his second consecutive game with ankle and hamstring injuries....

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