Mar 6, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; USC Trojans head coach Bob Cantu during the 1st half between the Washington Huskies and the USC Trojans at Alaska Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

USC Basketball: Trojans Falter in Pullman Clinch 7th Seed


The USC Trojans knew their fate in the Pac-12 standings before the opening tip against Washington State. Due to losses from Oregon, Arizona State and Colorado, the Trojans understood that they were destined for either the sixth seed with a victory, or the seventh seed with a loss.

With those situations laid right in front of them, the Trojans laid an egg in Pullman faltering 76-51 in an absolutely poor display of basketball. The Trojans started off slow from the field and fell behind by double digits early in the game, allowing the Cougars to light it up from downtown.

The Trojans came out flat on the offensive end of the floor, scoring 20 points in the first half. Jio Fontan led the team with seven first-half points, and JT Terrell pitched in six points in the malign scoring effort. Offensively the Trojans looked just a step slow, resorting to numerous three-point shots and difficult jumpers.

Brock Motum dominating upset bid, posting a season-high 31 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.  The Cougars were carried by their two best players in Motum and Royce Woolridge who combined for 56 points. Woolridge struggled in the first matchup against USC only scoring 10 points on 2-8 shooting.

After a sluggish first half, the Trojans fought back cutting the lead to five early in the second half. The run was all for not, as the Cougars pulled away with their three-point shooting late in the game. The Cougars made 10 shots from behind the arc, largely thanks to the Cougars 14 offensive rebounds.

With two consecutive losses to end the season, the Trojans fall to the seventh seed with Utah awaiting in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. The victory places Washington State out of the cellar of the conference, after winning games over Pac-12 regular season champion UCLA and USC.

 

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