Men's basketball vs. University of South Carolina at the Galen Center. University of Southern Carolina won 80-74 in overtime in their season opener at the Galen Center.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -Tre Kelley scored 11 of his 26 points in overtime and Blake Sheldon added a career-high 22 points, helping South Carolina defeat Southern California 80-74 Thursday and spoil the Trojans' season opener in their new on-campus arena.
It was an emotional night as the Trojans honored the memory of point guard Ryan Francis, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in May during a visit to his home state of Louisiana. Players wore a black patch with his No. 12 on their jerseys.
After playing in the Los Angeles Sports Arena since 1959, the Trojans' move to the 10,258-seat Galen Center filled about 60 percent of the seats for the first men's game, although the student section was jammed with fans wearing white T-shirts reading "Trojans 12 We Remember" on the front and Francis' number and nickname Franchise on the back.
With Paulette Francis looking on after a halftime tribute to her son, the game went into overtime tied at 62.