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Breakdown: USC Beats Longhorns in Overtime, 69-63

USC got a timely play from Dedmon to send the game to overtime where the final two minutes were dominated by the Trojans.

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE


Key moment: With the game tied three minutes into the five-minute overtime period, Eric Wise got the ball on the left elbow and drove it toward the left block before spinning into the middle of the lane. Two defenders collapsed the lane allowing Wise to dish it off to Dewayne Dedmon on the left side of the rim. Dedmon put it up off the glass for the basket and the foul. Dedmon's basket and subsequent free throw started an 8-2 run to end the game for USC.

Player of the game: Eric Wise. EWise continues to be the most consistent Trojan on the court. He finished the game as USC's leading scorer, finishing with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including his second 3-pointer in as many days. Wise also had five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Wise now leads the team in steals and is second on the team in scoring, rebounds and assists.

Most Spectacular Play: Texas led 47-45 and had a chance to ice the game with less than a minute to go in regulation. Longhorns' point guard Javan Felix tried to shoot a jumper on the right baseline. However, the 5-foot-10 Felix couldn't get the shot over the outstretched talons of 7-foot-1 Dedmon.

The Trojans' center got just enough of the ball for it to float up in the air toward the baseline. Dedmon had the wherewithal to snatch the ball out of the air and immediately look upcourt. What he saw was a streaking JT Terrell, who Dedmon hit perfectly with a three-quarter court chest pass. Terrell took two steps and threw down a one-handed dunk to tie the game with 26 seconds remaining.

Unsung Hero: Jio Fontan. Being a catalyst for the offense sometimes means you don't have the prettiest stats. That was the case for Fontan's shooting stats Tuesday. He only shot 3-for-13 (23 percent) from the field and 5-for-9 (56 percent) from the free throw line. He finished with 11 points, but more importantly Fontan got the offense did have six assists to two turnovers, a vast improvement from the one assist and five turnovers he had Monday night.

"Step It Up:" JT Terrell. Terrell got into foul trouble in the first half and only played five minutes. The Trojans leading scorer didn't score until there was less than 12 minutes remaining in regulation. Part of the reason why it took him so long to score was once again his shot selection. On Monday, I tweeted this after one particularly atrocious shot:

I needed that Word document again on Tuesday. Instead of letting the offense come to him and having someone like Fontan dribble and kick to Terrell for open looks, JT loves to force up shots, a lot of times early in the shot clock. He finished 2-of-9 for the game, dropping his shooting percentage to 29 percent for the season. He's shooting only 25 percent from the three-point line. Terrell did clutch up in the overtime period, knocking down four consecutive free throws to ice the game.

Key stat: 26+. Kevin O'Neill showed his determination to win this game as each of the USC starters played 26 or more minutes. Only three subs played more than 10 minutes with Chass Bryan's 19 leading the way.

Where They Stand: USC took a win away from the Longhorns, but finishing the tournament with a winning record will be tough as the Trojans draw Marquette Wednesday. Another strong win could be very valuable leading into March. The Trojans will have to play together and battle to defeat a physical Marquette squad.