1/18/20 LOS ANGELES, CA - The Stanford Cardinal game to the Galen Center to take on the USC Trojans, and came up short in an 82-78 thriller in overtime. Onyeka Okongwu led the Trojans in scoring with 22 points, Jonah Matthews 19 points, and Elijah Weaver 13 points.
Oscar Da Silva led Stanford in scoring with 21 points, Spencer Jones 18 points, and Tyrell Terry 16 points. The Cardinal just beat the UCLA Bruins a few days ago looking for a sweep of California teams in Los Angeles.
The first half was brutal for USC, as Stanford made 19 of their 29 shots, 6 of 9 from three-point range shooting 65.6%, and the Trojans just 9 of 25 shots, and 0 for 3 from behind the arc shooting 36.52%, were down by twenty-points at halftime 45-25.
You could see on USC head coach Andy Enfield's face he wasn't very upset and not very happy about the way the Trojans had played in the first half. The players knew that a speech was coming at halftime.
"After the halftime speech we got from coach, it was time to lock in and play," Weaver said. "One hundred percent that's what it was; it was our defense."
What did Enfield say exactly? Weaver smiled, suggesting it was probably best left behind closed doors. Whatever it was, it worked.
Indeed his speech worked as the Trojans were down 69-66 with about seven seconds left in the game. Weaver made a three-point shot that tied the game 69-69, sending the game into overtime.
"I used my dad's deep voice at halftime," Enfield said. "I yelled very loud, and they responded. We beat a very good team. We came out with energy. We had missed so many close shots in the first half, and they made shots. A lot of the first half was them, but a lot was us."
Jonah Matthews continues to let his game speak for him, gave USC some breathing room with 2:11 left in overtime, made a three-point basket giving them a four-point cushion 75-71.
Weaver carried the Trojans in overtime, giving them an 80-76 lead with 14 seconds left in the game. Stanford trail 80-78 with 5 seconds left in the game, after a basket by Tyrell Terry.
With only just seconds left in the game, Daniel Utomi was foul and made two clutch free throws to help seal the Trojans 82-78 overtime victory, and Weaver scoring eight of USC's thirteen-points delivered in crunch time.