March 1, 2014 by Seth Rubinroit
By Seth Rubinroit
Seniors scored 41 of USC’s 63 points, but it was not enough as the Trojans fell to Oregon, 78-63, in the final home game of the season at the Galen Center Saturday afternoon.
USC (10-19, 1-15) won only one Pac-12 Conference home game this season.
“If you would have asked us before the season,” coach Andy Enfield said, “we would have expected to win more games.
The five USC basketball seniors, as well as two senior managers, honored before the game as part of the senior salute were:
Few Trojans competed as hard as D.J. Haley, who played one season at USC after graduating early from VCU.
Pe’Shon Howard only spent one season at USC after transferring from Maryland, but he made an immediate impact. The point guard led the Trojans in assists, and occasionally provided a significant scoring punch.
Daniel Munoz, a walk-on, was always ready to play when his name was called.
During USC’s injury-riddled 2011-2012 season, Munoz started a game and appeared in 10 of USC’s final 12 games.
“He’s one of the finest young men I’ve been around as a coach,” Enfield said. “He has an unbelievable attitude, and he understands his role in practice.”
7-foot-2 center Omar Oraby was impossible to miss walking around campus.
On the court, Oraby showed flashes of dominance when he avoided committing early fouls.
J.T. Terrell spent two seasons at USC after beginning his collegiate career at Wake Forest.
Jordan Flatt (Student Manager)
For the last five seasons, student manager Jordan Flatt has been one of the few constants for the USC basketball program. He loyally served under three coaches: Kevin O’Neill, Bob Cantu and Enfield.
“Jordan is an incredibly hard worker, and he has been an excellent role model,” said Sam Fein, a fellow student manager. “He sets the standard for the level of commitment a manager needs for this program to be successful.”
He also helped the USC basketball student managers defeat UCLA’s managers in the annual rivalry game.
This was also the final home game for senior manager Ara Altounian, who is in his first season with the program.
USC’s 1954 Final Four Squad
In addition to the honoring the 2014 USC basketball seniors, athletic director Pat Haden recognized USC’s 1954 Final Four team. They were the only Trojan team to advance to the Final Four.
Jack Dunne, Jack Lovrich, Al Ludecke, Roy Irvin, Dave De Groote and Ralph Pausig all traveled from around the country to be at the Galen Center for the ceremony: