USC men’s basketball rebounds with dominant win over Washington State

first_imgUSC played some of its finest basketball on both ends of the floor as it came away with a blowout 87-64 victory over Washington State Wednesday night at the Galen Center in a bounceback game for the Trojans after a devastating loss to Arizona State on Sunday.After opening the game on a 22-7 run that was capped with a 3-point field goal from freshman guard Jonah Mathews, USC did not take its foot off the gas pedal offensively for the remainder of the contest.With its 25-point rout of the Cougars, the Trojans were able to put an end to a brutal four-game losing streak that had spanned the past two weeks. Wednesday night’s victory over Washington State was also USC’s 22nd win of the regular season. It’s the first 22-win season since 2009.“We played really well on both ends of the ball. We were able to get deflections and that led to buckets and good passing in transition,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “It’s been nice to see our team begin to shoot the ball better over the past couple of games now.”Battling to the top · Junior guard Elijah Stewart powers through two defenders to take a shot in the paint against Washington State in the Galen Center. Stewart and the Trojans overwhelmed the Cougars to win 87-64 – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanUSC opened the game by hitting five of its first eight shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Overall, the Trojans finished Wednesday night shooting 35-for-66 from the floor (53 percent).Junior guard Jordan McLaughlin brought arguably his finest performance of the regular season thus far, finishing the game with 16 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, a rebound shy of his first career triple-double.“We tried to focus all week on playing good defense, and we were able to lock down tonight,” McLaughlin said. “We did a good job of sticking to the game plan.”The Trojans were able to find favorable shot selection all night due to their ability to make the extra pass for the easy bucket. USC finished the game with 25 assists.McLaughlin contributed to the Trojans’ fast start offensively, as he hit his first three 3-point shot attempts of the game.The Trojans’ largest lead of the game came after a jumper from junior guard Elijah Stewart put the Trojans ahead 70-42 with 12:29 remaining in the game.Sophomore forward Chimezie Metu put pressure down low for the Trojans, finishing the game with 15 points (6-of-12 shooting), nine rebounds and three blocks defensively.As a unit, the Trojans were able to put on a strong defensive effort as they finished the game with nine steals and seven blocks.“It was definitely one of our top [performances in] games played this season,” McLaughlin said. “As far as our team having a sense of urgency, we knew that we really needed to focus for tonight’s game.”USC’s ability to capitalize upon Washington State’s offensive miscues in the first half helped the Trojans develop their large halftime lead. USC scored 17 points off of the Cougars 11 first-half turnovers.The Trojans committed only two turnovers offensively in the entire first half.USC’s combination of scrappy defense, efficient offense and solid transitional play helped them develop a comfortable 48-28 lead at the half.The Trojans kept the pressure on Washington State offensively to finish the game, as they shot 17-for-30 (56.7 percent) from the floor in the second half.USC will look to keep its hot shooting going as it concludes its regular season at home this Saturday with a contest against visiting Washington. With Pac-12 Tournament play and NCAA Selection Sunday all transpiring within the next two weeks, USC will attempt to use Saturday’s contest against the Huskies as a springboard into postseason play.“I told the guys that we are playing a two-game season right now,” Enfield said. “We won the first game and now we have a one-game season to be played Saturday. We’ve had by far the toughest schedule in the Pac-12. We’ve played the top-three teams twice, so it’s definitely nice to have our last two games being played at home.”last_img read more

Hunt: “I definitely felt like this was a really important Competition when you look at the Series”

first_imgWOMEN1- Cesilie Carlton (USA) – 316.40pts.2- Helena Merten (AUS) – 314.303- Anna Bader (W) (GER) – 280.504- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 275.505- Ginger Huber (USA) – 267.206- Yana Nestsiarava (W) (BLR) – 247.257- Eleanor Townsend Smart (W) (USA) – 114.40 England’s Gary Hunt returned to imperious form to score his second victory of the season in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in doing so reclaimed a lead at the top of the men’s overall standings. American Steven LoBue also repeated his best result of the season by taking second place, while 22-year-old wildcard and World Series debutante, Nikita Fedotov of Russia, produced a surprising but stunning performance to finish in third in front of 17,000 enthusiastic fans. In the women’s, Cesilie Carlton of the US put a poor season behind her to fire to a first victory since 2015, with Australia’s Helena Merten finishing in second place and German wildcard Anna Bader in third.Much of the build up to this event had centred around Hunt’s previous struggles from bridges at World Series events, as in four competitions from bridge into river he has failed to land on top of the podium, as well as his recent dip in form from 27m. But in one afternoon he proved the doubters wrong on both counts, returning to his brilliant best to hold off the roaring challenge of an inspired LoBue and grab his 30th victory in 64 stops.“I definitely felt like this was a really important competition when you look at the Series. I arrived here and on the second day I read an article saying that I’ve never won a competition on a bridge and that kind of got to me and I said to myself ‘okay, I’m going to show you I can dive off a bridge’, “ Gary Hunt said.“It’s definitely exciting when the season is open on that last event. It’s a very strange feeling to finish the season when it’s already wrapped up. So it means it’s going to be a super exciting and fun event, but I’ll be carrying this victory with me and hopefully that confidence is going to help me win,” American Cesilie Carlton said after the winners’ announcement ceremony.This was a season of downs for me, so I feel amazing today, I’m ecstatic. The season was terrible for me, so come out and put four dives together, I’m beyond words. I’m so happy! The people here are amazing, the crowd is insane, you see them on the bridge and everywhere. It’s a great atmosphere.Results – Stop #5, Mostar | BIHMEN1- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 400.90pts2- Steven LoBue (USA) – 393.853- Nikita Fedotov (W) (RUS) – 376.254- Kris Kolanus (POL) – 376.105- Alessandro De Rose (W) (ITA) – 364.106- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 363.307- Michal Navratil (CZE) – 356.308- Sergio Guzman (MEX) – 268.309- Miguel Garcia (W) (COL) – 254.8010- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 234.7011- David Colturi (USA) – 232.0012- Oleksiy Prygorov (W) (UKR) – 222.5013- Orlando Duque (COL) – 205.4014- Andy Jones (USA) – 179.00last_img read more