Usually, the late-season dramatics belong to UCLA. After all, the Bruins personal a report 11 nationwide championships and their all-time roster boasts a number of the recreation’s best gamers.
Southern California’s basketball historical past pales by comparability at a college recognized for its powerhouse soccer program. But the Trojans surprised the Bruins for the second year in a row on Saturday, successful 64-63 on Tahj Eaddy’s 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining.
It was a bitter capsule for the Bruins. They lost the regular-season finale the identical manner a year in the past, when Jonah Mathews hit a 3-pointer with 1 second to go on USC’s dwelling court docket.
This time, it was Eaddy’s flip. The switch from Santa Clara took a cross from Ethan Anderson and was behind the backboard and practically falling out of bounds on the left baseline when he launched the well-contested 3-pointer — simply the fourth made by USC.
“It’s funny how things come full circle like that,” Eaddy stated. “It was particular to have the ability to do it in a USC uniform in opposition to UCLA.”
Eaddy was mobbed by his leaping teammates. The gamers may very well be heard celebrating of their lockerroom as empty Pauley Pavilion instantly went quiet.
Eaddy’s shot wasn’t USC’s first choice. They needed to go to standout freshman Evan Mobley for an alley-oop play. They had no timeouts left.
“We’re only down two, so we were just trying to extend the play, but they did a good job of guarding that,” Eaddy stated. “It was just trying to get a catch before there was a 5-second call. We were getting close.”
Now it is the Trojans whose hopes stay alive for an opportunity to win their first Pac-12 regular-season title outright since 1960-61. First-place Oregon leads the league by share factors and must lose to Oregon State on Sunday night time for USC (21-6, 15-5) to say the title by one recreation.
“I wouldn’t say it’s amazing, but we’re really excited,” USC coach Andy Enfield stated. “Of course, we’ll be rooting for Oregon State.”
Eaddy was sliding on the court docket seconds earlier making an attempt to carry onto the ball, however wasn’t known as for touring.
Mobley led USC with 13 factors and 11 rebounds. Eaddy and Chevez Goodwin added 12 factors every, and Drew Peterson had 10 factors.
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The Bruins (17-8, 13-6) had been led by Jaime Jaquez Jr. with 12 factors. Jules Bernard and David Singleton added 11 factors every. They had been with out main scorer Johnny Juzang, who tweaked his proper ankle in follow on Friday.
“Johnny is a big piece for us, but regardless there’s still five guys on the court,” Jaquez stated. “We made some dumb mistakes here and there that really cost us the game, especially myself.”
USC accomplished a season sweep of the rival Bruins, having overwhelmed them by 18 factors final month.
“It’s extremely hard to take,” Bernard stated, “but I feel like this loss was self-imposed. Eaddy made a huge shot at the end of the game, but leading up to it there were a lot of mistakes that let them back in the game.”
Peterson sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers round a free throw by Goodwin to attract the Trojans to 61-60. Cody Riley scored to maintain the Bruins forward 63-60.
Goodwin was 1 of three from the free-throw line within the closing seconds. But the Bruins had been hardly any higher. Jaquez and Bernard each missed the entrance finish of free throws that would have supplied some respiration room.
After trailing by 13 within the first half, the Trojans received inside two on a three-point play by Goodwin halfway by the second half.
The Bruins led 61-53 with 3:50 to play, however received only one subject objective over the ultimate 2 minutes.
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USC: The Trojans hardly resembled the workforce that was atop the Pac-12 for an excellent a part of the season, and within the Top 25 at instances by the primary half. But they stayed persistent and pulled out a high quality win on nationwide TV to offer themselves a momentum enhance going into postseason play.
UCLA: The Bruins completed the common season with an 11-1 mark at dwelling. Their 18-game dwelling successful streak courting to final season received snapped. They’ve lost three in a row for the primary time this season.
UCLA freshman Mac Etienne began his first recreation rather than Juzang. He had 5 factors, three rebounds, two assists and three fouls in 20 minutes. He had performed in eight video games after enrolling throughout winter quarter. USC began freshman Max Agbonkpolo for the primary time. He had 4 factors, three rebounds and two turnovers in 24 minutes.
Both groups play within the Pac-12 Conference event quarterfinals in Las Vegas subsequent Thursday.