Los Angeles, Ca – The USC Trojans returned home to host the Colorado Buffaloes at the Galen Center. Where they issued a rainy day upset to the Buffaloes with a final score Trojans 79 Buffaloes 72.
Colorado arrived in Los Angeles coming off a 81–80 win over Washington on February 13. The Trojans and Buffaloes last matchup was on January 29, 2015 that went into triple overtime and left Colorado walking away with the win. So the Trojans were fully aware that they were going to have to go hard if they didn’t want a repeat performance. In addition to the hard work they were holding their breath that Josh Scott, Colorado’s leading scoring and rebounder wouldn’t be playing at full steam due to his injured ankle.
Colorado came out on ready. Controlling the temple with their infamous signature move of getting the ball from one end of the court to the other without the ball touching the floor even once. It was incredible to see, I call it “The turbo drive”. For the first half of the game the Buffaloes were able to cripple the Trojans with their relentless rebounding, by the end of the first they already had 23. USC didn’t help their own cause with their lackluster defense.
It was looking fairly sad for the Trojans at the half because they were down by 8. But oh to have been a fly on the wall of their locker room during that halftime because whatever was discussed gave the Trojans some fire in the belly. They came out of the locker room pressing Colorado into ridiculous turnovers. USC also went to that zone defense to fight back from a 15 point deficit. Colorado’s number one fatal error was sending USC to the line where they made 27 out of 35 free throws. Giving The Trojans a chance to “fight on”.
The Trojans lead scorers were Jordan McLaughlin who had 25 points and Julian Jacobs with 17 points. The team itself had A combined total of 13 steels. Amazing!
The University of Colorado’s Josh Scott did come back from his injury as if it never happened with his contribution of 17 points. But I would have to say Colorado’s magic man was “King George” George King with 13 points and 9 rebounds. He was like American Express everywhere you wanted to be.
With this exciting nailbiting win the Trojans will be welcoming Utah to the Galen Center on February 21, 2016. The word on the streets is this should be a knockdown drag out fight … stay tuned.