Santa Clara holds off USC in double overtime 102-92
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Freshman Trey Wertz scored 11 of his 28 points in the second overtime, Josip Vrankic had a career-high 22 points and Santa Clara held on after blowing a 19-point lead in regulation, beating Southern California 102-92 on Tuesday night.
Tahj Eaddy added 21 points and eight assists, Willie Caruso had 12 points and Josh Martin grabbed 18 rebounds for Santa Clara (6-6).
The Broncos had previously lost to Pac-12 teams Washington and California before sending the Trojans to their fourth straight loss.
Wertz paved the way after being mostly silent in regulation, outscoring USC in the two overtimes 17-12. Wertz had six points in the first overtime then scored all but two of Santa Clara’s 13 points in the second extra period.
Jordan Usher scored 22 points for USC. Jonah Mathews added 20 points and Shaqquan Aaron had 17 points.
USC (5-6) rallied from 15 points down in the final six minutes of regulation to force overtime but the Trojans missed a chance to win in the first extra period, then managed only three points in the second.
Southern California: This is a tough one to swallow for coach Andy Enfield’s team. The Trojans had only one stretch where they were effective and really struggled in both overtimes. It didn’t help that their two leading scorers this season, Nick Rakocevic and Bennie Boatwright, were on the bench in the second overtime after fouling out.
Santa Clara: A huge win for the Broncos after they had come up short in three previous games against teams from the Power Five conferences. Santa Clara nearly let this one slip away but showed grit down the stretch, especially Wertz who was phenomenal in the two overtimes.
Southern California: The Trojans return home to host Southern Utah on Friday, the first meeting between the two schools.
Santa Clara: Hosts Idaho on Friday to end a nine-game homestand, the Broncos longest in nine seasons.
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