USC officially tipped off the 2008 basketball season with a 78-55 victory over UC Irvine at the Galen Center. The men of Troy displayed little firepower in the first half, but a solid defensive effort sent them to the locker room leading 35-29. The offense finally got on track in the second, with Dwight Lewis leading the way with a game high 18 points. Taj Gibson added 17, including 3 consecutive buckets in a USC run that enabled the Trojans to pull away.
DeMar DeRozen scored 14 points in his first college game, going 6 of 11 from the field, and 3 of 4 from the line. The Anteaters fall to 1-5 all time against USC, and are winless against the Pac 10 since 2005.