The Trojans came sloppily out of the gates They were pocketed by Bulldogs defenders and repeatedly carelessly flipped the ball It felt like they couldn’t make a pass or drive to the basket, without a Gonzaga defender coming over to take him away, and the Bulldogs wasted no time taking advantage of the mistakes

“We didn’t get back fast enough or we didn’t go back hard enough and then they got loads of free buckets and easy layups,” said Evan Mobley of the first ten minutes of the game,

USC went into halftime with 19 points, which is a difficult hole to climb against an undefeated team

In the second half, the Trojans’ defenses picked up steam, and finally they started getting into those fast lanes and slowing the Bulldogs offensive, but USC was never able to get their own offensive going

Both teams ended up scoring 36 points in the second half with the Trojans unable to climb back in. Their hot shooting from the depths of this tournament eventually cooled off as they went from three to 4 out of 15 and only 38 shot 7% ​​of the field

The Mobley brothers did their best to shoulder the burden of attack, scoring 36 points on the 12-of-22 shooting, grabbing 12 boards, and handing out six assists, but the Trojans who backed the cast really struggled To make room and put down shots

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs had three players who scored at least 18 points in Drew Timme (23), Jalen Suggs (18) and Corey Kispert (18)

Even if it was a heavy loss, the Trojans should still be proud of what they achieved. This was only their second Elite 8 appearance since 1954 and their first in the last 20 years

When coach Andy Enfield looks back on this season, he won’t forget how much this team has achieved, especially in such an unprecedented year

“In my coaching career, I’ve never seen a team on and off the pitch develop a chemistry and culture like this team has”They have improved dramatically throughout the season since the beginning of the training camp – they just kept getting better,” continued coach Enfield. “We finished sixth in our own league last season and were in the top eight in the country special basketball team that we are very proud of ”

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