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If the Trojans did not have bad luck, they'd have no luck at all. They had several opportunities down the stretch to seal the victory that would end their losing streak, but after failing to make clutch free throws, committing costly turnovers and missing out on key defensive rebounds in the final two minutes, USC put the game in the hands of destiny and Tyrone Wallace, both of whom had the last laugh at the expense of the Trojans.
Mac Is Back
Point guard Jordan McLaughlin had seemingly hit the freshman wall in the past three games, but he pushed through it Thursday night scoring a game-high 20 points on 7/9 shooting. He played with a controlled tempo throughout finding his spots on the floor and coolly knocked down 3/5 from three-point distance. While he missed an important late free throw, the overall performance was huge for his confidence.
Jekyll and Hyde
Head coach Andy Enfield simply put the difference on "shotmaking" when asked how the Trojans could look listless in the first half scoring 26 points on 37.9% shooting and then blitz out of halftime making 65.4% in the final 20 minutes. USC won the second half 43-35, and outside of a few careless turnovers, looked like a dynamic offensive team. SG Katin Reinhardt (16 points on 8/13 shooting) was efficient including drilling a potential game-winning jumper in the final seconds. PF Darion Clark and SG Julian Jacobs were tremendously active on both ends of the floor.
Here are the highlights ending in Wallace's buzzer-beater, which made SportsCenter's Top Play of the night:
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Here is Tell III live at The Lab:
Aside from working at practice, managers experience home and away games from a unique perspective on the field during pregame warmups and on the USC sideline during the game. In addition, managers travel and stay with the team for away games and postseason play. Plus, managers also get all the Nike swag that the players receive.
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Olson's acceptance to USC was announced at Wednesday night's National Signing Day dinner. He is a main feature of Pierson Clair's photo gallery from the event and the Trojans Live Signing Day Special.
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He also saw a boost for his own position group reeling in TE Tyler Petite who had previously verbally committed to Duke.
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Click here to see Marshall's epic video announcement choosing USC.
Click here to see Iman Marshall's highlight video with commentary from defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.
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