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USC basketball continues hot start, gets win No. 10

USC basketball continues hot start, gets win No. 10

It wasn't pretty, but USC picked up another double-digit victory against a nonconference opponent.

The Trojans stifled the Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars from the opening tip, holding them to nine-for-37 shooting in the first half and 19 for 68 (27.9%) for the game en route to a 70-51 victory.

“Our goal is to keep teams below 40% shooting,” sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin said. “We've just got to be active and talk.”

At 10-2, the Trojans are off to their best start since 2001-02. That team, led by Pac-10 player of the year Sam Clancy Jr., finished 22-10.

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