The USC Trojans looked to go 2-0 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in front of yet another great alumni, Jerry Buss.
However, this proved not to be a tough task with former LSU guard Bo Spencer at the reins of the Huskers.
From the beginning of the game, Spencer was aggressive and really his team's only reliable option on the offensive end, but at the end of the day he proved to be enough.
After a slow start for the Trojans, freshman guard Alexis Moore brought some energy to the floor for his team and the momentum began to sway towards USC.
Byron Wesley had the play of the game in the first half when he caught the ball in the corner, drove baseline and dunked it. It really got the crowd going and had USC feeling good going into halftime, even though they were still down by two.
The two teams went back and forth, back and forth, and it was clear that the game was going to come down to a fantastic finish.
As regulation neared the end, both teams' elite players stepped up: Bo Spencer and Maurice Jones.
But it was Dewayne Dedmon who had a chance to end the game with a jumper from the elbow. It looked good but hit the back of the rim, and both teams ran back to the bench preparing for five more minutes of basketball, or so they thought.
After a key steal by Byron Wesley, it looked like USC had finally sealed the deal, but Spencer and company came right back to send it into another overtime.
This time it was the Cornhuskers who jumped out to an early lead and were up by six with only a little bit more than a minute left—that was until Moore hit a very key three-pointer, and Dedmon threw down a ferocious dunk to bring them within one with only nine seconds left.
After Spencer knocked down two free throws despite the hostile crowd, Jones was presented with one more chance to tie it up. It looked good for a little bit, but then Jones and the rest of Galen were forced to accept what really happened.
It was a tough loss for the young and inexperienced Trojans, but this will surely serve as a learning experience for the future. The young talent is showing signs that they will be very good players in the future, but for now the Trojans must turn their heads to their next task.
They will play San Diego State this Thursday for their first away game of the season. This will be another test, but I'm sure they are hoping for different results.
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