LOS ANGELES — Freshman Patrick Cole scored a game-high 25 points and senior Troy Franklin added 23 points, but Coppin State dropped its season opener to USC 87-73 in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Friday in the Galen Center.
Cole finished the game 7-of-13 from the floor and 8-of-11 from the free throw line to lead all scorers, while Franklin was 5-of-10 from the field and 11-of-14 from the line to finish with 23 points in his Coppin State debut.
Cole and Franklin combined to score 48 of Coppin State’s 73 points and were a combined 12-of-23 shooting. The rest of the Eagle team scored 25 points on 8-of-34 shooting.
Byron Wesley and J.T. Terrell each had 17 points to lead the Trojans, while Omar Oraby chipped in 16 points off the bench.
USC, which was also playing its season opener, out-rebounded the Eagles 44-27 and outscored Coppin State 19-2 on second-chance points.
Coppin State will continue play in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational against Texas on Monday (Nov. 12) in Austin, Texas.