USC slips by Stanford to advance

first_imgYoung’s jumper with 10.6 seconds left in the second half forced overtime, Lodrick Stewart made two of his three baskets in the five-minute extra period, and Southern California rallied to beat Stanford 83-79 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament. The Trojans rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit, and never trailed in overtime. “This was very big for us. We’ve never won a first-round game since I’ve been here, so it was very emotional,” said Young, a 6-foot-6 junior who had 26 points and five rebounds. “The coach called the play, I was kind of nervous. “The coach said, `Take the big shot.’ It was a perfect moment for me.” The tournament is being played at Staples Center – home of the Los Angeles Lakers. Young said just knowing that made his big moment even bigger. “Probably the biggest one,” he said of his game-tying shot. “It was big coming in and trying to tie the game.” USC coach Tim Floyd said the key factors were the Trojans’ defense in the second half and overtime, and their work on the boards. They rebounded the taller Cardinal 44-41. LOS ANGELES – Inspired by the surroundings, Nick Young relished the opportunity of taking the big shot Thursday night. He made the most of it. center_img Gabe Pruitt had 17 points and eight assists, Taj Gibson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Dwight Lewis scored 10 for the third-seeded Trojans (22-11), who face Washington State in tonight’s quarterfinals. No. 16 Oregon and California meet in the opening semifinal matchup. The fourth-seeded Ducks advanced by beating fifth-seeded Arizona 69-50, and the eighth-seeded Golden Bears upset top-seeded UCLA 76-69 in overtime. Anthony Goods led Stanford (18-12) with 19 points and five assists. Freshman Landry Fields scored a career-high 15 points and Fred Washington added 12 for the sixth-seeded Cardinal. “They were just making plays, and we weren’t,” Goods said regarding the end of regulation and the overtime period. Floyd also praised Young’s defensive effort on Lawrence Hill, Stanford’s all-conference forward. Hill, averaging 16.3 points, shot 1-of-7 for three points, and was helped off the court due to an injured back and hip with 3:03 left in overtime. There was no immediate word as to the severity of the injury. Stanford coach Trent Johnson said earlier in the week he believed his team would be invited to the NCAA tournament no matter what happened in the tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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