The USC men's basketball team had lost only once, but given that it was the season opener, and that it came against Portland State, Trojans players said they were anxious before Monday's game against Tennessee Tech.
"I'm glad we only had one day off," Coach Andy Enfield said.
Walking off the court after the Trojans grinded out a 70-58 victory over the Golden Eagles, Jordan McLaughlin said it felt good to get "the monkey off our back."
As the offense continued a fitful start, the Trojans' defense tightened up and forced the Golden Eagles into mistakes and missed baskets.
Seven minutes into the game, USC had induced more turnovers than it had in...