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3-Points: USC 89, No. 11 Arizona 78

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The Trojans knock off a ranked team for the first time in two years leading to the students storming the court.

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The Response

Galen-Court-Storm.jpgThe Trojans laid an egg on Sunday against UCLA, but tonight, they proved that loss was an aberration and returned to the basketball that netted them four consecutive conference wins this month.  "We were obviously disappointed with the previous game," said interim head coach Bob Cantu.  "For us to be able to come back and rebound this way is tremendous."  USC had redemption and revenge on its mind.  This same Arizona team beat the Trojans by 24 in Tucson.  How did they make a 35 point turnaround?  "When you find out let me know," said senior Eric Wise.  "It doesn't make any sense."

Rhythmic Basketball

"Tonight was our night," said Bob Cantu about his team's incredible shooting touch.  The Trojans made 33/54 (61%) from the field, 6/10 from three and 17/21 from the free throw line.  The scoring was balanced throughout the lineup with five different Trojans in double figures.  "That's how I envision the team eventually playing."  The biggest difference was a no-hesitation, fast-paced approach which led to high percentage looks and confident strokes.  "Everybody was just ready to play today, just ready to catch and shoot," said Wise.

The Run Stopper

Cantu called Arizona a Final Four caliber team, so he was not surprised that the Wildcats made several runs at the Trojans after falling behind by double-digits.  USC had the answer at every turn, and in most cases, Eric Wise delivered the clutch bucket.  "Every time they came back at us, we responded with a basket.  I thought E. Wise was tremendous," said Cantu.  Wise finished with 22 points to break out of a prolonged shooting slump.  "I had a lot of fun today," he said.  "I finally got my shots to start falling."

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Rim Protectors

Omar Oraby set the tone defensively with five blocks despite foul trouble limiting his effort to 18 minutes.  Dewayne Dedmon played only 10 minutes, but he added three blocks.  The Trojans trio of seven-footers, including James Blasczyk, challenged every shot and forced Arizona to the perimeter.  "That size and length makes the biggest difference in the world," said Cantu.

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