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USC Basketball: Trojans Battle But Come Up Short

The all-too-familiar struggles in Corvallis, Ore. continued for the USC Trojans on Thursday night — this time for the men’s basketball team.

With the 76-75 overtime loss to Oregon State, Andy Enfield’s Trojans dropped yet another Pac-12 game and now sit below .500 with a 10-11 record.

The Trojans are currently 1-7 in conference play and have lost eight of 10 games played away from the Galen Center.

Pac-12 leading scorer Roberto Nelson scored 24 points for the Beavers, including the go-ahead basket with 25 seconds remaining in the game.

Facing a two-point deficit, Pe’Shon Howard drew a foul and had the opportunity to tie the game with 0.9 seconds remaining but was only able to make one free throw.

Prior to Howard’s miss, the Trojans had connected on 19 of 20 free throws, which is well above their season average of 65%.

Freshman Nikola Jovanovic, a key contributor in Trojan victories, only managed to score five points.  The Trojans are 8-1 when Jovanovic reaches double digits in scoring.

Byron Wesley again led the Trojans in scoring with 23 points.

The turning point in the game perhaps came when Omar Oraby was whistled for his fourth personal foul with 8:31 remaining and the Trojans holding a six-point lead.

Oraby then drew a technical foul, which brought his personal foul total to five, thus fouling out, and he was relegated to watching the remainder of the game from the bench.

The Trojans are 1-7 in their last eight games, but recently managed to hand Cal their first conference loss on the season and hung tough against Stanford in the overtime loss on Jan. 26.

The Trojans will get another opportunity to rectify their road woes when they face Oregon on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

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