LOS ANGELES -- 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.
UC-Riverside scored just 26 points and had only one assist in the team's loss to USC Saturday. The last team to have 26 points or less and one assist or less in a game was Mississippi Valley State, who scored 25 points on one assist against Washington State on Nov. 15, 2008.