NCAAB Game Recap - Arizona at USC
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:00 PM EST

USD
59
Gonz
94
F
OrSt
54
Oreg
69
F
Wisc
81
Mich
74
F
Colora
62
Cal
76
F
OhSt
75
Nebras
54
F
Winth
90
USC-Up
82
F
Del
71
Charl
80
F
TexSA
71
FlAtl
80
F
N TX
78
FlInt
59
F
CenMI
57
MiaO
76
F
Jacksn
67
FlGlf
73
F
Iona
86
Canis
65
F
NJIT
65
N AL
72
F
CenCT
58
(N/A)
69
F
Lib
76
KennSt
52
F
StFNY
63
SacHr
73
F
UNCA
80
HiPt
76
F
Oakl
68
IUPUI
71
F
Radf
81
Hamp
78
F
NFla
85
Stetsn
72
F
MtStM
62
StFPA
75
F
Ind
49
Purd
57
F
Longw
58
Presb
55
F
StPet
54
Niag
63
F
Drex
65
UNCW
76
F
Merrim
66
LIU
74
F
Tows
76
Hof
65
F
Bry
72
FaDi
74
F
ULMo
63
ArkLR
79
F
GWebb
83
ChaSo
74
F
LaTec
91
W Ky
95
F(OT)
Marsh
80
UAB
88
F
Temp
69
WichSt
72
F
Mont
56
NoAZ
57
F
Clev
70
WIMil
68
F
YSU
92
WIGB
102
F
Ill
74
NW
66
F
Detr
67
IL-C
84
F
JMU
57
NE
77
F
TNTec
62
Belm
65
F
E KY
62
Murr
74
F
W IL
70
Oral
113
F
SIU-E
90
TN-M
75
F
JacSt
55
TNSt
65
F
E IL
72
SEMO
70
F
MorSt
58
APSU
67
F
E WA
69
S UT
51
F
Ida
49
N CO
93
F
PorSt
89
IdaSt
76
F
NMSt
67
GrCan
53
F
SDSt
69
NDSt
71
F(OT)
UTRGV
59
CSBak
79
F
Ariz
48
USC
57
F
StMar
78
SCla
72
F
Portl
65
USF
81
F
Pacif
60
LoyMa
53
F
MTSt
52
Sac
81
F
UCSB
65
UCRiv
60
F
UCIrv
82
CAPoly
76
F
AzSt
72
UCLA
75
F
CS-Ful
59
HI
70
F

USC 57, Arizona 48

Feb 27, 2020, 10:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Arizona (19-9)

21

27

48

USC (20-9)

26

31

57

USC beats cold-shooting Arizona 57-48
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:15 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) Onyeka Onkongwu scored 11 points, including a three-quarters court shot, and grabbed 10 rebounds as Southern California gave its NCAA Tournament hopes a boost with a 57-48 victory over Arizona on Thursday night.

Trailing 21-20, Elijah Weaver hit a jumper and a 3-pointer and Okongwu finished the 8-0 run with his long shot as the half ended for a 26-21 lead. The Trojans (20-9, 9-7 Pac-12) didn't give up the lead after that as the Wildcats suffered through a miserable offensive performance, making just 3 of 26 3-point attempts and getting just one more field goal than their turnover total of 15. They came into the game as the conference's high-scoring team at 78.1 points per game but left with their lowest point total of the season.

A basket by Stone Gettings got Arizona (19-9. 9-6) within three points with just under four minutes left in the game but the Trojans went 7 of 10 at the line over a 1 1/2-minute span for their biggest lead of 11 with 26 seconds remaining while the Wildcats missed six straight shots.

Beside the freshman Onkongwu's 11th double-double, Jonah Matthews scored 14 points for USC with five rebounds. The Trojans shot 43%.

Arizona's Zeke Nnaji scored 15 points with 10 rebounds for his conference-leading 13th double-double. Nico Mannion added 11 points but on 2-of-14 shooting, including 1 of 7 on 3-point tries. The Wildcats shot just 28%.

The Wildcats never got on track. They were 2 of 15 from the arc and shot only 8 of 31 overall for 26% in the first half and just 1 of 11 on 3-pointers in the second half while shooting 31%.

After USC got the game's opening basket Arizona went on a 9-2 run only to be answered by an 11-0 surge from the Trojans that began a 16-5 run over 11 minutes. Arizona responded with a 7-0 run before USC scored the last eight points in the final two minutes of the half, five from Weaver plus Okongwu's long shot.

GREEN MISSES FIRST START

Freshman Josh Green, Arizona's third-leading scorer at 11.9 points per game, didn't make the trip to Southern California because of a lower back sprain. He missed his first start of the season and will be absent again for the Wildcats' next game on Saturday at UCLA. Ira Lee made his first start in Green's place and scored six first-half points. Also missing the game was reserve wing Max Hazzard because of what the school said were "personal reasons."

ON THE MEND

USC lost at Utah 79-65 on Sunday with third-leading scorer Nick Rakocevic seeing only five minutes of time because of a stomach bug and No. 2 scorer Jonah Mathews struggling through 23 minutes, also dealing with the illness. Isaiah Mobley had a sore ankle which limited him to nine minutes. Thursday, Mathews only shot 4 of 19 but still led the Trojans in scoring against the Wildcats. Rakocevic didn't score in just 11 minutes and committed four fouls. Mobley scored eight points.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: The Wildcats, who had won four straight conference road games before Thursday's loss, came in ranked seventh in the NET rankings. They damaged their hopes of a top-four seed and a bye for the Pac-12 tournament.

USC: The Trojans, considered a bubble team, avenged an 85-80 loss at Arizona on Feb. 6 and improved their NCAA Tournament resume in the process. ... USC reached 20 wins for the 21st time in school history.

UP NEXT

Arizona faces UCLA on Saturday.

USC hosts Arizona State on Saturday.

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Leaders

Arizona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Koloko 0 0 0 4 0 0
Z. Nnaji 15 0 0 10 2 0
USC PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Rakocevic 0 0 0 1 0 1
M. Agbonkpolo 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

Ariz USC
Points For 48 57
Field Goals 16/57-28% 20/47-43%
Three Pointers 3/26-12% 6/20-30%
Free Throws 13/15-87% 11/17-65%
Offensive Rebounds 14 4
Defensive Rebounds 24 28
Rebounds 40 35
Blocks 0 5
Steals 10 10
Turnovers 15 15
Personal Fouls 19 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Feb 6 USC 80 @ Ariz 85 K. Sturdivant 1 J. Baker 2
Thu Feb 27 Ariz 48 @ USC 57 D. Smith 3 E. Anderson 7

Game Information

Stadium: Galen Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 4,121
Game Time: