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USC vs. New Mexico wrap up

I didn't see the game but from what I am reading and from some of the comments, USC is going to have a long year in basketball.

The only reason that USC came close was because The Lobos got bored according to coach Steve Alford.

Anyway, here is what the locals have to say about last nights loss...


In first halves this season, USC's offense plays like it just climbed out of a grave, zombie-like in every sense.

It staggers around for 20 minutes while, somehow, its defense shows strong vital signs.

After halftime, USC's offense finally starts to stir — only it's a little slow, a little late and often not enough.

On Saturday, USC lost in this manner again, falling, 44-41, to New Mexico before 3,863 at the Galen Center.

USC guard Maurice Jones, who scored a game-high 19 points, missed a potential tying three-point shot at the buzzer.

Sounds like a peach of a game...

From the DN...

USC did not allow New Mexico to score a field goal for the last 14 minutes Saturday at the Galen Center.

And the Trojans still lost.

That should tell you all you need to know this season about USC's anemic offense, which once again scored less points than the USC football team scored against UCLA, Colorado, Stanford or Arizona.

But it was at least tension-filled as USC guard Maurice Jones missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 44-41 loss to New Mexico in front of 3,863 at the Galen Center.

"We're frustrated," Jones said. "We're tired of losing. We've got to fix it."

USC dropped to 4-6 overall and reinforced its ranking as the 326th-best scoring team in the nation.

"Of course we're behind offensively," coach Kevin O'Neill said. "The day (guard) Jio (Fontan) tore his knee in Brazil we were behind offensively."

Kevin O'Neill is starting to feel the pressure. You can tell that he is starting to resort to his old ways with the comment above.


If only they could start how they finished, the USC Trojans might actually have a pretty good record at this point.

Instead, they're 4-6 now on the season and need to sweep their remaining three non-conference games to avoid beginning Pac-12 play with a losing record. Saturday's 44-41 loss to New Mexico was just the latest example of what's been an ugly trend for Kevin O'Neill's Trojans this season.

In all six of the losses, USC has trailed early -- and often trailed big. And the Trojans had chances to win late in all but one of them. Against the Lobos on Saturday, the Trojans fought back from a double-digit deficit to take a late lead, 41-40, with 1:51 to go in the game on a 3-point play from Dewayne Dedmon, but they quickly squandered it on the next possession.

USC ended up outscoring New Mexico by five in the second half after entering the break down by eight. A few more minutes and USC might have overtaken the Lobos for good. But the slow start -- the Trojans trailed 23-10 more than 18 minutes into the game -- ended up doing them in.

More of the same...

Can't wait for Saturday...USC might not win another game until January.