USC meets Washington in Pac-12 quarters
No. 8 seed Southern California (16-16, 9-10) vs. No. 1 seed Washington (24-7, 15-3)
Pac-12 Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Thursday, 2 p.m. EDT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Southern California's up-and-down season will continue.
Arizona may have reached the end of an era.
Bennie Boatwright had 22 points and 11 rebounds, helping USC roll...
Arizona, USC meet in Pac-12 tourney
No. 9 seed Arizona (17-14, 8-10) vs. No. 8 seed Southern California (15-16, 8-10)
Pac-12 Conference Tournament First Round, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Wednesday, 2 p.m. EDT
Colorado comeback gives Buffs 78-67 win over USC
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Buffaloes will take both momentum and the mantle as the Pac-12's hottest team into the league's tournament next week in Las Vegas.
USC seeks revenge on Colorado
Southern California (15-15, 8-9) vs. Colorado (18-11, 9-8)
Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colorado; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado goes for the season sweep over Southern...
USC seeks revenge on Utah
Southern California (15-14, 8-8) vs. Utah (15-13, 9-7)
Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City; Thursday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Southern California seeks revenge on Utah after...
USC looks to sweep UCLA
Southern California (15-13, 8-7) vs. UCLA (15-13, 8-7)
Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: UCLA seeks revenge on Southern California after dropping the...
Rivals USC and UCLA highlight week in the Pac-12
A look at things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK: USC at UCLA. The season has not turned out the way either team expected, but this is a rivalry game and...
USC looks for home win vs Oregon State
Oregon State (16-9, 8-5) vs. Southern California (15-12, 8-6)
Galen Center, Los Angeles; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Southern California looks for its fifth straight win over...
Boatwright, Rakocevic lead USC past Oregon, 66-49
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a rare sighting Thursday, snow falling along the Los Angeles foothills. In downtown there was a much more common occurrence - Bennie Boatwright knocking down...
Boatwright sets USC record for 3s in 89-66 win over Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Bennie Boatwright couldn't understand why USC coach Andy Enfield was yelling for him to shoot a 3-pointer, even though Boatwright had a defender in his face.
The next time down the court Boatwright didn't wait for his coach to say anything and launched himself into the Trojans record books and a spot in Pac-12 history as well.
Boatwright scored 36 points and set a USC school record with 10 3-pointers in an 89-66 win over California on Saturday night.
USC cruises to victory over Washington State, 93-84
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The Trojans were able to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Washington earlier in the week by splitting their two-game road trip.
Nick Rakocevic scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the year and USC never trailed en route to a 93-84 win over Washington State on Saturday night.
USC cruises to victory over Washington State, 93-84
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Nick Rakocevic scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and USC never trailed en route to a 93-84 win over Washington State on Saturday night.
Jonah Mathews scored 20 points on 6-7 shooting from 3-point range for USC (13-9, 6-3). Bennie Boatwright added 18 points and five rebounds.
Robert Franks scored 25 points for Washington State (8-14, 1-8). Ahmed Ali added 18 points and seven assists.
Boatwright’s 3-pointer gives USC 69-67 win over Arizona St.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC's Bennie Boatwright wasn't about to miss another game-winning 3-point attempt.
The senior forward gave the Trojans their third straight win on a jumper from the top of the key as they rallied for a 69-67 victory over Arizona State on Saturday. Boatwright scored 18 points as USC (12-8, 5-2 Pac-12) moved into a tie for second in the conference going into a Wednesday showdown against league-leading Washington.
USC beat UCLA 80-67 to end 4-game skid in crosstown rivalry
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bennie Boatwright worked and waited seven months for moments like he had Saturday.
No wonder he was smiling after he scored 21 points and Southern California pulled away in a dominant second half to beat UCLA 80-67, snapping a four-game skid in the crosstown rivalry.
"He's back to Bennie Buckets," teammate Jonah Mathews said.
Thompson scores 34, Oregon St tops USC 79-74 in OT
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State's leading scorer and rebounder was injured and out for the game, so other players were challenged by the coaching staff to step up.
"We have depth on our team. When one guy goes down, we can make it up in different ways," freshman point guard Antoine Vernon said.
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored a career-high 34 points with five 3-pointers and 10 rebounds as short-handed Oregon State beat Southern California 79-74 in overtime on Thursday night.
USC Edges Stanford for first 2-0 conference start in 10 year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Rakocevic and Bennie Boatwright have become a formidable duo for USC men's basketball team.
Rakocevic scored 23 points and Bennie Boatwright added 22 to lead USC to a 77-66 win over Stanford on Sunday night. They combined for 45 points and 17 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two steals and just two turnovers.
Boatwright, a senior, has battled many injuries but now that he's healthy they've formed quite a combination on the court.
Rakocevic scores career-high 27 to lead USC over Cal 82-73
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC might be lacking in depth, but Nick Rakocevic and Bennie Boatwright can still pose plenty of matchup problems.
The frontcourt duo combined for 46 points as the undermanned Trojans opened Pac-12 Conference play with an 82-73 victory over California on Thursday night.
Rakocevic, a 6-foot-11 junior center, scored a career-high 27 points and was 12 of 14 from the field. Boatwright, a 6-10 senior forward, added 19 points.
Boatwright scores 19 as USC beats UC Davis 73-55
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California needed more than 30 minutes to find the gear it was looking for, and the Trojans were rewarded at both ends of the floor.
Making 16 of 25 shots in the second half, the Trojans turned a close game into a run-away as they pulled away late to defeat a pesky UC Davis squad 73-55 Sunday night.
USC snaps 4-game losing streak with win over Southern Utah
LOS ANGELES (AP) — USC has had a difficult December, but it can go into the Christmas break with a little bit of momentum after defeating Southern Utah 91-49 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
"The guys played very well after having a tough stretch," said Trojans coach Andy Enfield, who got his 100th win in six years at the school. "We took good shots for most of the night and shared the basketball."
TCU dominates USC 96-61 in hoops tripleheader at Staples
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Robinson stood smiling at center court with the MVP plaque. Then he turned around and repeatedly urged his teammates over.
After all, it was hardly a one-man show when TCU drubbed Southern California 96-61 for its fourth straight victory at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic tripleheader on Friday night.
Rakocevic leads USC past Long Beach State 75-65
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The shots weren't falling early for USC's Nick Rakocevic early Wednesday, leaving the junior one frustrated forward.
But when Long Beach State came charging back from a 14-point, second-half deficit to pull within two, Rakocevic found new life and led the Trojans to a 75-65 victory.
Rakocevic scored 13 of his 19 points in the game's final nine minutes and added a game-high 12 rebounds for the Trojans (5-2).
USC uses late surge to get past CSU Bakersfield 90-75
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Usher scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to help Southern California beat CSU Bakersfield 90-75 on Sunday night.
Bennie Boatwright added 19 points and eight rebounds and Shaqquan Aaron scored 18 for the Trojans (4-2). Jonah Mathews had 13 points and Nick Rakocevic chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
The Latest: Texas Tech to face Nebraska in Hall of Fame
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Hall of Fame Classic (all times local):
Jarrett Culver and Tariq Owens had 18 points apiece to lead four players in double-figures scoring, and Texas Tech rallied from a big first-half hole to beat Southern California 78-63 in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic on Monday night.
Southern California blows out Stetson 95-59; Boatwright back
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bennie Boatwright is back in the lineup and that makes Southern California whole again.
The senior who missed the first two games had 16 points in the Trojans' 95-59 rout of Stetson on Wednesday night. Boatwright shot 5 of 7 from the floor and made four 3-pointers in 18 minutes. He had last season cut short by a knee injury that required surgery and he toyed with leaving early for the NBA draft.
Southern California looks to rebound from NCAA tourney snub
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Snubbed by the NCAA Tournament last season, the Southern California Trojans are determined to make it back behind coach Andy Enfield's highest-rated recruiting class.
They feature a younger roster but have a seasoned veteran in forward Bennie Boatwright, who toyed with leaving early for the NBA draft.
Southern California Preview-Capsule
Last season: 24-12.
Coach: Andy Enfield.
Who's gone: Guard Jordan McLaughlin, forward Chimezie Metu (NBA), guard Elijah Stewart.
USC’s Bennie Boatwright to miss rest of season with injury
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California forward Bennie Boatwright will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left knee against Oregon.
The school said Friday that Boatwright will be sidelined several months although surgery is not expected.
The junior was averaging 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, both second on the team.
Holder’s late basket gives Arizona St 80-78 win over USC
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tra Holder wanted the last shot of the game, and after his team had struggled with shooting and free throws all night, he felt confident his fadeaway bank shot was going in.
It did, with less than two seconds to play, and Arizona State scored the last nine points of Thursday night's game to stun USC 80-78.
The Trojans had the final possession but couldn't get off a shot from near half-court.
McLaughlin’s 6 free throws help USC hold off Oregon 75-70
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Seeing the ball in Jordan McLaughlin's hands any time brings a smile to Southern California coach Andy Enfield's face, and especially when the game's on the line.
McLaughlin scored the Trojans' last eight points, including six consecutive free throws, to help hold off Oregon for a 75-70 victory on Thursday night.
McLaughlin, Metu help USC overpower Colorado 70-58
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On a night when their two leading scorers didn't produce, the Southern California Trojans won with defense.
Jordan McLaughlin scored 20 points and the Trojans beat Colorado 70-58 on Wednesday night despite Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright shooting a combined 5 of 22 from the field.
Rakocevic has career night in USC’s 80-62 win over Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Nick Rakocevic started the best game of his career with an and-1 bucket down low. The Southern California sophomore followed that with back-to-back layups then felt good enough to wander outside the key for a 16-foot jumper.
On a night when the Trojans were without their leading scorer for the first half, Rakocevic's quick start got USC going early in a game they were never challenged.
Stewart scores 17 as USC beats Washington State 89-71
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a sluggish start in its Pac-12 Conference opener against Washington on Friday, Southern California rebounded Sunday night with a renewed sense of urgency and cruised to a win.
Elijah Stewart scored 17 points and Bennie Boatwright added 13 points to lead the Trojans to an 89-71 victory over Washington State.
USC tops New Mexico State 77-72 to win Diamond Head Classic
HONOLULU (AP) — Bennie Boatwright had quite the eventful week in Hawaii.
Boatwright drained a long 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left and Southern California held off New Mexico State 77-72 in the title game of the Diamond Head Classic Monday.
The Trojans (9-4) won the tournament for the second time in program history with their third consecutive win. They also won the inaugural tournament in 2009.
Metu scores 27, USC beats Middle Tennessee 89-84
HONOLULU (AP) — Chimezie Metu scored 27 points and Bennie Boatwright added 23 as Southern California held off Middle Tennessee 89-84 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic.
The Trojans (8-4) saw five players score in double-figures. Elijah Stewart added 13 points, Jordan McLaughlin 11, and Shaqquan Aaron 10.
USC dunks its way to 82-59 win over Santa Clara
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Rakocevic took advantage of his first start of the season, helping USC dominate as part of a new-look trio of big men in the starting lineup.
Rakocevic, Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu all had double-doubles to lead USC to an 82-59 win over Santa Clara on Thursday night. They combined for 57 points and 31 rebounds
They got to the rim with ease and Santa Clara never had an answer.
"It's hard to guard three 7-footers," Rakocevic said.
No. 10 USC eases past Lehigh 88-63 on 3-point shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonah Mathews found out as a freshman that nothing is guaranteed at USC. Starting lineups are decided by performances in practice and scrimmages.
The sophomore impressed in the preseason and is keeping it up now that games count.
Mathews scored 18 points, making four of USC's season-high-tying 12 3-pointers, and the 10th-ranked Trojans beat Lehigh 88-63 on Wednesday night for their 21st straight non-conference victory.
No. 10 USC rallies to beat North Dakota State 75-65
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three years ago, it was inconceivable that Bennie Boatwright wouldn't be shooting a boatload of 3-pointers.
And harder to imagine that the junior scored a career-high 28 points with just one made 3 in 10th-ranked Southern California's 75-65 victory over North Dakota State on Monday night.
"I credit it a lot to the coaching staff and my teammates for helping me get in the gym and working on my all-around game," Boatwright said, "and not just being a 3-point shooter."
No. 10 USC rolls past Cal State Fullerton 84-42 in opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Andy Enfield is willing to give Chimezie Metu some leeway, and the junior uses it sometimes to call his own shot.
He didn't hit a basket when he did that Friday night, but Metu showed off new range from beyond the arc in the 10th-ranked Trojans' 84-42 rout of Cal State Fullerton to open the season.
Metu had 18 points, making both of his 3-point attempts, and had 10 rebounds.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bennie Boatwright has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Southern California for his junior year.
He averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Trojans last season despite missing 17 games because of injuries.
Boatwright said Thursday he's decided to return to school "to further my education and work on developing my basketball skills."
Southern Cal rallies to beat Providence in First Four
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Beaten by Providence by one point in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last year, Southern Cal exacted revenge in a rematch Wednesday night.
Bennie Boatwright scored a career-high 24 points as the Trojans rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat Providence 75-71 in a First Four game.
"It does feel good getting payback from last year, because that was a tough loss," Boatwright said.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Southern California's quest to reach the NCAA Tournament likely couldn't survive a loss to one of the Pac-12's worst teams.
The Trojans prevailed, and while it was a struggle, coach Andy Enfield believes they've now done enough to earn a bid.
Chimezie Metu had 24 points and nine rebounds, and USC withstood a poor start and sloppy finish to hold off Washington 78-73 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hovering near the bubble for the NCAA Tournament after a four-game losing streak, USC came out focused early Wednesday night and rolled to an 87-64 victory over Washington State.
Trojans guard Jordan McLaughlin fell one rebound shy of a college triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Arizona State stuns Trojans with late rally, 83-82
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — An improbable, furious Arizona State comeback has added to the recent woes of the USC Trojans.
The Sun Devils rallied from six points down in the final 30 seconds to stun USC 83-82 on Sunday on Tra Holder's two free throws with 6.9 seconds to play.
"I am thrilled except you know probably the few weeks or days that's been taken off my life due to having to go through that game and coach it," Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said. "But what a great feeling."
Aaron scores 18 and USC cruises past Oregon State 92-66
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With Shaqquan Aaron and Bennie Boatwright settling in, and shots starting to fall, the Southern California Trojans feel like they're more dangerous than ever.
Aaron scored 21 points and Boatwright added 16 as Southern California cruised to a 92-66 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.