After 60 minutes of basketball, the USC Trojans proved they deserved respect for the way they’ve played, stated scout.com.
Arizona coach, Sean Miller, knew Arizona didn’t have its act together on defense. After getting swept in Los Angeles by UCLA and USC, the seventh-ranked Wildcats will probably believe him, wrote usatoday.com.
Arizona’s Gabe York dribbled around as the clock would wind down and had the ball smacked away by USC point guard, Jordan McLaughlin, before the Wildcats claimed the ball only to visualize Arizona’s junior guard, Kadeem Allen’s 3-point shot come up short at the buzzer. This was the first quadrupole overtime game in school history, reported usatoday.com.
“In many ways this trip will have great meaning for our future,” Miller stated. “It’s good for our guys to see how we feel when we’re not a good defensive team.”
At the end of the game, Trojan’s shooting guard, Elijah Stewart, put everything aside and hit the go-ahead free throws with 22 seconds left in the fourth overtime, assisting Southern California to defeat the No.7 Arizona on Saturday, January 9, by a score of 103-101. USC improved to 11-0 at home for the first time since 1973-74, explained ESPN.
“I was thinking to just make the free throws, black out and make muscle memory kick in,” Stewart explained. “I’m glad I made them.”
USC has not been ranked since the 2008-09 season, but that should alter following the victory over the favorite to win the PAC-12 and most likely reach the Final Four. They can also prove a point on Wednesday, January 13, when they travel to UCLA for an intracity showdown with a beatable Bruins team, according to bleacherreport.com.