February 23rd, 2017
The Trojans looked poised for an upset of #4 Arizona in the 1st half on Thursday night. However, Lonzo Trier scored a season high 25 points, which included four three-pointers, as Arizona defeated USC 90-77. The win keeps the Wildcats in 1st place in the Pac 12, and completes a season sweep of the Trojans.
Bennie Boatwright scored 23 points and Chimezie Metu had 15 for USC. It wasn’t enough though, as the Trojans lost their third in a row to the top three teams in the conference.
USC was shooting 58% at point in the 1st half, yet only led by only 9 points. The Wildcats closed the half on a 12-2 run, and took a 44-39 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Arizona pulled away in the 2nd half, leading by as many as 16 points. USC finished the game shooting 52% from the field, but the difference in the game was the 11 three-pointers the Wildcats hit, and the Trojans 14 turnovers.
USC will try to get back in the win column on Saturday at Arizona State. The Trojans took down the Sun Devils at home last month, and will be going for the season sweep.
The Trojans are fading in the Pac 12 standings, but should be in good shape to make the NCAA Tournament. They’ll need to build some momentum though heading into the Pac 12 Tournament in two weeks.