Los Angeles, CA – The USC Trojans men’s basketball team hosted the New Mexico Lobos at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California.
The Trojans got their 3rd win in a row at the Lobos expense, USC 90 New Mexico 82. The Trojans issuing the Lobos their first lost of the regular season. Trojan fans are hoping this winning spirit is enough to get their team through this grueling schedule the team is about to embark on.
Now I need to go on recorded and say the final score is no reflection of how down right entertaining this game was. I mean this was good! The Trojans played a team that I felt was there mirror image. Had the Lobos not been running cold at the rim in the 1st half, I know the final outcome would have been skin tight close. The game was extremely physical but not in a bad sportsmanship kind of way. Both teams came out exploding with energy, making fast plays and stayed looking for wholes in each others armor.
USC had 4 players in double digits (Jordan McLaughlin 19, Elijah Stewart 18, Bennie Boatwright 15, Julian Jacobs 14), which is why they were hitting a solid 56.3% field goals in the 1st half compared to New Mexico’s 38.2%. USC’s largest lead of the game was 21 points in the 2nd half which would have discouraged your average opponents but the Lobos are no parts of average. Bennie had the 3’s raining down so hard he could have been given the nick name of Mr. Tri tonight.
Elijah Brown named the first Mountain West Conference Player of the week of the 2015-16 season, so when he sunk three 3 point shots in three minutes everyone totally got a glimpse of how he earned that honor. Tim Williams served up a respectable 25 points, and when USC’s lead looked like it was about to get ridiculous Tim and the rest of the Lobos turned it up!!! They went from 19 rebounds in the 1st half to 28 in the 2nd (USC 19 rebounds in the 1st and 20 in the 2nd), and in the last seven minutes of the game Tim Jacobs, Cullen Neil, Elijah Brown and Anthony Mathis made enough 3 point shots to get them with 5 points of the Trojans.
It’s fair to say that New Mexico made USC come and work for this win … and work the did. In the infamous words of Jay Z … “on to the next one”.