3-Points: Oregon 78, USC 63

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Trojans hang close in the first half, but their effort is not enough to defeat Oregon on Senior Day.

Senior Salute

In the last home game of the season Coach Enfield went with an all senior starting lineup against Oregon featuring Pe'Shon Howard, J.T. Terrell, Daniel Munoz, D.J. Haley and Omar Oraby. The unit did not disappoint as they contributed 30 of the 36 points scored in the first half. "The seniors played really well," Enfield said. "Pe'Shon Howard played a great game and D.J. Haley, Omar, Munoz and J.T. all came in and played really great basketball. I think you saw it in the score, it was back and forth for 30 minutes." However, eight turnovers in the second half killed the Trojans as Oregon strung together a 17-3 run to close out the game.

Howard's Half

Making his mark on Senior Day, Pe'Shon Howard scored a remarkable 16 points in the first half shooting 50 percent from the field and 100 percent (8/8) from the free throw line. His lights out performance early on was stalled in the second as he was held to just four points on five attempts, finishing the game with 20 points total. "Pe'Shon was hot early and he continued to play an excellent game despite wearing down a little bit in the second half," explained Enfield. "He has had a terrific senior season and hopefully he will continue with three more games to play."

Wrapping Up in Washington

The Trojans head to Pullman on Thursday and Seattle on Saturday to wrap up the regular season in Washington. With the Pac-12 Tournament less than two weeks away, Enfield and his team believe they have what it takes to be a surprise story in Vegas. "Yeah I think we could be dangerous," said Pe'Shon Howard. "That's why it's called March Madness. It's just a mindset. We have nothing to lose. The pressure won't be on us, it will be on every team we play. We just need to put 40 minutes together with our backs on the wall and anything can happen."

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Why does USC basketball keep losing?

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