If Oregon State’s season was compared to the fur-trade of the 19th century, the Beavers would be teetering on the brink of extinction. The Oregon State Beavers entered the Galen Center having lost 16 in a row, winless in the Pac-10. They left with a 17th consecutive loss, and are only three away from losing their entire conference schedule.
This weekend was another story for the Hackett-less Trojans. USC managed to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive with a sweep of both Oregon teams. Mayo led the dominant Trojans with 21 pts, including four 3-pointers, 5 rebounds and three steals. Three other Trojans – Lewis, Johnson and Gibson had double digit scores. Freshman Angelo Johnson hit 4-5 from the 3-point line, including three in a row early in the second half increasing the Trojan lead by as much as 35pts.
USC’s entire bench got a shot on the court, with four men getting double digit playing time. The bench added another 13 points combined, with included 3-pointers from guards Wetherell and Green. It was the first basket in Green’s career.
The wins cemented the Trojans in the sole fourth-place spot in the Pac-10. They should be within good reach of a tournament berth if they can pull off a pair of wins in their last four games (Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Stanford).