USC Basketball

Game Day: Notes & Observations USC vs LBSU The Beach Edition

December 15, 2019

The team returns to Galen after a week hiatus following their road victory against TCU last Friday night as they take on The Beach, also know as the artist formerly known as the LBSU 49’ers.  

**Coach Chris Capko getting in his workout inside the weightroom at 1:15...I’m stuffing a cheeseburger down my throat.

**By 1:30 both teams start trickling onto the court for some early warm ups...the Men of Troy will be wearing their home whites while The Beach will be in their road blacks. 

**Nick Rakocevic seems to be engaged even leading the team during stretching and warm ups.

**Just saw President Carol Folt walking up the stairs above the Founders Club

**SC no trouble with the Beach Zone defense to start the game

**Elijah Weaver gets the quick hook out of the game for Udomi...defense closing out on the shooter?

**Jonah matthews has his range early from outside the arc.

**Great ball movement early leading to open made 3’s.  The Trojans lead 17-10 at the 14:23 TV timeout

** 3-point shooting contest...Trojans are slow to close out and CAE gives Max Agbonkpolo an earful after the made 3 by The Beach with a slow close out

**Nick Rakocevic with the 3 from the corner than a steal at the other lend leads to a fast break from Rakocevic to Agbonkpolo for the slam dunk.  Timeout LBSU at the 4:30 mark of the 1st half 34-24 Trojans lead.

**Maybe the best floor spacing on offense all season that I’ve seen from the guys on the floor?

**Trojans with only 3 team fouls in the 1st half.

**40-34 Trojans with the halftime lead.  They’re shooting 47.1% from the field...7-16 from 3pt, however, they’re only 1-2 from the FT line... LBSU was 2-4 from the charity stripe.

2nd half

**Sloppy start a little ragged

**Getting the feeling the Trojans are playing down to the level of their competition... The Beach are not a threat and I think the team knows it too..

**Three straight baskets by Big O as the Trojans are making a concerted effort to get the ball down low...make that four consecutive possessions and baskets.

**The Beach are staying in the game with the 3-ball. 53-45 Trojans lead with Big O going to the line for 1 shot, looking to make the the Trojans last 9 points...make that 11 points with another FT...(12pts). Jonah makes a three stopping Big O’s  streak. Trojans lead 60-45 with 13:30 to play.

**Trojans with a 62-52 with 10:30 to play

**Mobley needs to finish stronger under the rim...stop going up soft...power up!

**Anderson to Mobley for the beautiful one handed flush. 

**Rakocevic tries leading the fast break which usually isn’t a good idea...the ball gets knocked out of bounds.

**With 7:17 to play youth is being served with Big Onyeka Okongwu leading the Trojans now with 22 pts and Isaiah chipping in  with 11points.

**Great out of bounds play coming out of the timeout with Ethan Anderson lobbing it up for Big O who finishes with both hands!!  71-58 Trojan lead. 

**Getting the feeling Big O could beat these guys by himself.  With 5:19 left in the game and the Trojans leading 75-64, Big O already has 28 points...He had 4 points in the first half!!

**Ethan Anderson passing up open shots disrupting the rhythm of the offemse...he does have 12 assists however.

**Jonah a real steadying influence out there tonight is now up to 15 points with another 3.  Trojans lead 81-69 with 1:58 to play and the crowd starts their early shuffle for the exits.  Can they at least wait until the WE ARE...SC!!! chant is done...or started?!!?

**Overall, the Trojans were Pretty good on offense and a little lackadaisacal on defense in spurts.

**Jonah  can make some FT’s and this game will wrap up quickly...and he does stopping any idea of The Beach fouling to keep the game going and Utomi ices it with a 3 in the corner.

Final Score Trojans 87 The Beach 76.

The Trojans will take on LSU this Saturday night at Staples Center in another big out of conference resume builder game.  

Post game video interviews with Coach Enfield as well as Onyeka Okongwu and Jonah Matthews.

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