Southern Cal 70, UC Riverside 26

Jio Fontan and Eric Wise each scored 14 points and USC ended a

five-game losing streak with a 70-26 rout of cold-shooting UC

Riverside on Saturday.

Chris Patton and Chris Harriel had a team-high six points for

Riverside (2-8), which shot 19 percent from the field and was 1 of

14 from 3-point range. The Highlanders’ starting five – Harriel,

Robert Smith, Lucas Devenny, Davin Guinn and Josh Fox – were a

combined 4 of 28 for 12 points.

The Highlanders eclipsed the previous school record for fewest

points in the shot-clock era – set Nov. 14, when Fresno State beat

them 39-30. The low-water mark before that game had been a 56-35

loss to USC last season.

Riverside made only five of 29 shots in the first half. It was

more of the same in the second half, as USC (4-6) opened up a

44-point cushion with an 18-1 burst.