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McGillen Gallery: USC at Arizona

Last night, USC men's basketball challenged No. 4 Arizona on its home court. After coming out strong, the Trojans fell behind the Wildcats, who were 69-1 in their last 70 games at McKale Center, and eventually dropped a 90-77 decision.

USC photographer John McGillen was there to capture the best moment's of the hard-fought game.

Trojans Fall in Tucson

USC men's basketball, playing its third straight game against a Top 6 team, fell to No. 4 Arizona in Tucson last night.

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The Trojans came out of the gates strong, taking a 9-point lead with 6:56 to go in the first half. But the Wildcats, fueled by the 14,644 fans at McKale Center, started sinking shots to surge ahead. USC trailed 44-39 at the half.

The Trojans, led by Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, hung with the Cats for most of the second half. Boatwright had a team-high 23 points, including an 8-of-8 clip from the free throw line. Metu notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Captain Jordan McLaughlin and freshman De'Anthony Melton also reached double figures for the Trojans.

Arizona sealed the deal in the final minutes, and USC fell, 90-77, in the first game of its last regular season road trip. The Trojans shot 52.9 percent from the floor, but made six fewer threes than the Wildcats, who have now 70 of their last 71 games at home.

USC now sports a 21-7 (8-7 Pac-12) record with three regular season games remaining.

First up is a Sunday tilt at Arizona State (3:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network) before one final homestand against Washington State and Washington.

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DeMar Star

USC men's basketball alum DeMar DeRozan got the start and had a solid showing at this weekend's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

The Toronto Raptors guard started for the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career, alongside Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler.

In 24 minutes of action, DeRozan tallied 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals, plus a number of memorable dunks. The East lost in the end to the West by a score of 192-182.

DeRozan was USC's first alumnus to start in the NBA All-Star Game since Gus Williams in 1982. He and the Raptors get back into it on Friday when they host the Celtics.

McGillen Gallery: USC at UCLA

USC men's basketball fell to No. 6 UCLA last night in front of a raucous crowd at Pauley Pavilion. Despite hanging tough for the first 15 minutes, the Trojans couldn't keep up with the Bruins in a 102-70 loss.

Team photographer John McGillen was in Westwood to capture all the action.

Trojans Tripped Up In Westwood

Trojans Tripped Up in Westwood

Honorable Vaughn

ralph vaughn.jpgUSC hoops alum Ralph Vaughn will be one of 12 men inducted into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor next month.

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The late Vaughn was a three-year starter at Troy (1938-40), leading the team in scoring and earning all-conference honors in all three seasons. He was a member of USC's first-ever NCAA Tournament squad and helped lead the Trojans to the national semis.

After a successful career at USC, which earned him USC Athletics Hall of Fame honors, Vaughn played in the National Basketball League for seven years.

Vaughn and the 11 other inductees (including Utah alum Andre Miller and UW alum Quincy Pondexter) will be honored during a ceremony ahead of the 2017 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next month.

#FightOnForever: Mike Walden

Mike Walden, a noted local radio and television sportscaster who was the play-by-play broadcast voice of USC football and men's basketball from 1966 to 1972 and then called UCLA sports for parts of 18 years, died on Sunday (Feb. 12) in Tarzana, Calif., from complications of a stroke. He was 89.

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There will be a celebration of life for Walden on March 18 at 11 a.m. at Braemar Country Club (4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 91356).

Walden, who was known for his distinctive broadcasting style and his even more distinctive wardrobe, handled the USC announcing duties when the Trojan footballers appeared in 5 Rose Bowls and won a pair of national championships (1967 and 1972) and the 1971 hoopsters posted a 24-2 record.

Click here for one of Walden's most famous calls.

A member of the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame (1994), Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2003) and USC Athletic Hall of Fame (2009), Walden began his broadcasting career in his hometown of Springfield, Ill., then after 2 years of service in the Air Force he did the play-by-play of his alma mater, Illinois. Next, he moved to Milwaukee to call Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Braves games and then worked for CBS Radio in Chicago before coming to the West Coast to announce Trojan athletics.

He also was a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1970 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972.

After his USC stint, Walden (pictured with fellow USC football broadcasters Tom Kelly and Pete Arbogast) moved across town and did UCLA sports play-by-play for portions of the next 18 years (1973-90), becoming the first person in history to serve as the broadcast voice of both universities.


Trojan of the Week: Shaqquan Aaron

The Trojan Family voted USC men's basketball redshirt sophomore Shaqquan Aaron the Jersey Mike's Player of the Week after he scored 21 points in 23 minutes in the win over Oregon State. Aaron has picked up his play of late, emerging as the hero of the UCLA victory, and then putting together a similar performance in the blowout of the Beavers.

Aaron will hope to reprise his role as the Bruin killer this Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Pauley Pavilion.


McGillen Gallery: USC vs. Oregon

USC men's basketball hosted No. 5 Oregon last night in front of a nearly sold-out crowd. Despite bringing energy and effort all game, some shots didn't fall, and the Trojans lost, 81-70.

Team photographer John McGillen and his assistant, Rachel Bennett, were on hand to capture all the action.

Trojans Come Up Short

Trojans Come Up Short


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USC men's basketball will host its second annual Social Media Night during tomorrow night's game vs. No. 5 Oregon, giving fans the opportunity to engage with players and win prizes via USC's social media channels.

The first 1,000 fans at the Galen Center will receive an exclusive Social Media Night T-shirt, and can win various prizes all night by checking in on Facebook, completing Snapchat scavenger hunts, answering trivia questions on Twitter and more.

To participate, follow USC men's basketball on Twitter and Instagram and add USC Athletics on Snapchat. Use the hashtag #SCSocial to join the conversation!

Tickets to USC's rematch with the Ducks are available online for just $10. Tip is at 7:30 p.m.

McGillen Gallery: USC vs. Oregon State

USC men's basketball topped the Oregon State Beavers, 92-66, at the Galen Center last night for their fifth straight win. The Trojans now stand at 21-4 on the season, with Oregon coming to town on Saturday.

Team photographer John McGillen was on hand yesterday to capture all the best moments of USC's big win over the Beavers.

Trojans Bash Beavers

Trojans Bash Beavers

Start Strong, Finish Strong


Winners in Washington

USC forward Chimezie Metu posted a career-high 29 points on Saturday, helping the Trojans earn their 20th win of the season.

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Fresh off a come-from-behind victory over Washington, the Trojans beat Washington State, 86-77, to complete their first road sweep under head coach Andy Enfield.

Metu led the way, shooting 12-of-14 from the field and hauling in 8 rebounds.

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In both games this weekend, USC also got a lift from sophomore co-captain Bennie Boatwright. The forward missed two months with a knee injury, but came back with a bang, averaging 18.0 points in the Trojans' two Washington wins.

The win over the Cougars was USC's fourth in a row and its 20th win of the season. Sitting at 20-4 (7-4 Pac-12), the Trojans now gear up to host Oregon State and Oregon this week.

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Bennie Balls Out

USC men's basketball captain Bennie Boatwright returned from a two-month absence and guided the Trojans to a road win over UW last night.

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Boatwright, who sprained his MCL in a Nov. 30 game at USD, came off the bench with a bang, releasing the pent up energy from his time off the court. The co-captain netted 23 points (tying a career high) on 7-of-10 shooting, and added 4 assists.

Boatwright fueled a USC comeback that seemed improbable early on. The Trojans went into halftime trailing the Huskies by 10, due in part to a nearly six-minute scoring drought before the break. But they came out in the second half with a fire resembling Boatwright's, and erased the deficit.

Thanks to Boatwright's efforts, plus double-digit scoring from De'Anthony Melton, Chimezie Metu and Jordan McLaughlin, the Trojans notched an 82-74 win to move to 19-4 on the season and 6-4 in Pac-12 play.

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The Trojans hope to extend their three-game win streak when they take on Washington State on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Meet Harrison Henderson

USC-basketball-ucla-2017-mcgillen-4704.jpgName: Harrison Henderson

Position: Forward

Class: Freshman

Size: 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds

Age: 19

High School: South Grand Prairie High (Grand Prairie, TX)

Game: Henderson is an athletic big man who is working to develop his game this season as a part-time player. He has been asked to step up in key spots, including the recent victory over UCLA in which he knocked down a three-pointer just before halftime to send the Galen Center into a frenzy. Henderson has the size of a big man at 6-foot-10, but he displays the fluidity of a wing. He has a tremendous ceiling as he develops within the USC program.

Prep Career: Henderson graduated in 2016 from South Grand Prairie High in Grande Prairie, Texas. His team went 25-9 and reached the semifinals of the Texas 6A Regions 1 & 3 championships where they lost 53-47 to DeSoto, the eventual 6A state champion. Henderson averaged 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds for South Grand Prairie and was named first team All-District. He was also an Academic First team selection and National Honor Society member.

Fun Fact: Henderson was a member of the Debate Club in high school.

Head coach Andy Enfield on Henderson stepping into USC's game vs. UCLA: "Henderson deserves a lot of credit. He came in and wasn't afraid of the moment."

Here is Henderson on playing for Enfield, USC's academic prestige and more:

Trojan of the Week: Elijah Stewart

For the second consecutive week, the Trojan Family voted junior guard Elijah Stewart the Jersey Mike's Player of the Week for men's basketball.

Stewart has been on fire over his last three games, sinking 16 threes. In the win over UCLA, he filled up the box score with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

The Trojans are on the road this week with games at Washington (Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ESPNU) and Washington State (Saturday at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Network).


Amazing Aaron

Today, USC men's basketball guard Shaqquan Aaron earned the first Pac-12 Player of the Week award of his career.

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Aaron, who transferred to USC from Louisville and sat out last year due to NCAA rules, posted a career-high 23 points vs. UCLA on Wednesday. He came off the bench and provided and immediate spark, draining the go-ahead three for the Trojans, who took the lead and never looked back.

Aaron led all scorers in USC's win on Wednesday, which was its fourth in a row over UCLA. The Seattle native averages 9.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season.

The award marks the second time this season a Trojan has been honored by the conference, as Jordan McLaughlin won it on Dec. 26. McLaughlin, Aaron and the Trojans suit up again on Wednesday when they head to Aaron's hometown to face UW.

Pac-12 Tourney Tix

The 2017 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament will be held inside the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas from March 8-11. The Trojans will be pushing for an NCAA Tournament bid, so be sure to get your tickets now and support USC on its "March to Madness."

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The Trojans have won back-to-back games, including their fourth consecutive victory over UCLA, to move to 5-4 in conference play and 18-4 overall. If the tournament were held today, USC would be seeded sixth.

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