USC routed by TCU in worst loss of Andy Enfield era

  • TCU forward Kaden Archie, left, goes up for a dunk as USC forward Victor Uyaelunmo defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • USC forward Nick Rakocevic, left, shoots as TCU center Kevin Samuel defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Air Force Reserve Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  • TCU guard Desmond Bane, left, shoots as USC forward Bennie Boatwright defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Air Force Reserve Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • TCU center Kevin Samuel, center, shoots as USC forward Bennie Boatwright, left, and forward Nick Rakocevic defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • TCU forward Kouat Noi, right, shoots as USC forward Nick Rakocevic defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Air Force Reserve Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • TCU center Kevin Samuel, right, shoots as USC forward Nick Rakocevic watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Air Force Reserve Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • TCU guard Kendric Davis, left, shoots as USC guard Shaqquan Aaron defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Air Force Reserve Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Southern California forward J’Raan Brooks, right, shoots as TCU center Kevin Samuel defends during the second half of an NCAA college game at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • TCU guard Alex Robinson, center, shoots as Southern California guard Derryck Thornton, right, defends and forward Kouat Noi watches during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • TCU coach Jamie Dixon cheers his team on during the second half of an NCAA college game against Southern California at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LOS ANGELES — In each of the USC basketball team’s high-profile early-season tests, the Trojans had faltered but remained competitive.

Not on Friday night.

Facing TCU at Staples Center as part of the Hoophall Classic, the Trojans trailed throughout the contest and were routed 96-61, their most lopsided loss in six seasons under Coach Andy Enfield.

Midway through the first half, the Trojans fell behind by double-digits, and as they struggled to put up points, the Horned Frogs had no such scoring issues, going into halftime on a 9-0 spurt, capped by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by guard Jaylen Fisher.

As if to taunt the Trojans after the basket, Fisher held up his shooting arm to flash three fingers as he skipped along the sideline in celebration before the teams left for their locker rooms with TCU ahead 46-26.

In two of their previous losses against potential NCAA Tournament teams, the Trojans were ahead at halftime, displaying some competitiveness, including a narrow one-point lead last week over sixth-ranked Nevada and a nine-point lead last month against Texas Tech, which has since risen to No. 13 in the polls.

The Trojans, who dropped to 5-4 overall, never found their shooting stroke Friday, hitting a season-low 31.6 percent of their shots, with only three of their players scoring in double-figures, led by Bennie Boatwright with 14 points, followed by Nick Rakocevic with 13.

For the third time in four games, the Trojans played without freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr., who has been sidelined due to a quad contusion.

TCU (7-1) had all five of its starters (and one reserve) score in double figures.

The onslaught of points continued in the second half, as the Trojans fell behind by 30 midway through the second half.

USC had previously lost by 30 or more points only three times under Enfield.

More to come on this story.

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