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USC knocks off Oregon State 61-48 in Pac-12 quarterfinals

LAS VEGAS (AP) Southern California had some good offensive moments against Oregon State, just not consistent through the entire game.

The Trojans' defense: Spot on all night.

Chimezie Metu had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Southern California smothered Oregon State defensively to beat the Beavers 61-48 in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night.

''We really played team defense today,'' USC coach Andy Enfield said. ''Very proud of our players. They challenged every shot, rebounded the ball, and we made enough shots to win.''

Second-seeded USC (22-10) jumped on Oregon State early and hounded the Beavers all night, holding them to 31-percent shooting.

Jordan McLaughlin had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Trojans, who move on to face the Oregon-Utah winner in Friday's semifinals.

''We were just having fun,'' McLaughlin said. ''That's what we talked about in the locker room: Go out there, play hard, play defense, have fun and play it like it's our last game.''

Oregon State (16-16) played a tough game in the opening round and was no match for USC's early energy. Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 12 points for the Beavers, who shot 5 of 20 from the 3-point arc.

''It was a tough first half, 19 points. Dug ourselves a hole,'' Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. ''And I think all that we've been through, as hard as we've fought the last few weeks, it all kind of caught up to us.''

USC played its way to the edge of the NCAA Tournament bubble with four straight wins, but a season-ending loss to rival UCLA made its margin for error slimmer. A loss to Oregon State, the Pac-12's No. 10 seed, would make it narrower still.

The Trojans swept the regular-season series, winning by seven in Corvallis and 13 at home.

The Beavers reached the quarterfinals by spoiling Washington's NCAA Tournament hopes and were hoping to do the same against USC.

USC got off to a fast start, hitting six of its first eight shots to go up 16-5. The Beavers chipped the lead down to four, but struggled to find room for good looks against the Trojans' physical defense. USC held Oregon State to 8-of-28 shooting to lead 29-19 at halftime.

Oregon State cut the lead to 41-35 midway through the second half, but USC scored the next nine points to go up 50-35.

''I don't really think it was about running out of gas or anything like that,'' Thompson said. ''I think we played hard and we played well defensively. We just had, like Coach said, the wrong time to have one of our worst offensive games of the year.''

BIG PICTURE

Oregon State had trouble establishing anything or anyone against USC's defense to drop out of the bracket.

USC had a rough night from the perimeter - 4 for 16 from 3 - but made up for it with a 34-14 scoring advantage in the paint to reach the semifinals.

TINKLE RETURNS

Oregon State's Tres Tinkle was hampered by a sprained ankle early against Washington and limped off the court. The ankle seemed to still be bothering him against USC, preventing him from getting good lift on drives to the basket.

Tinkle finished with 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting and was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

Oregon State is holding out hope of playing in a smaller postseason tournament.

USC faces the Oregon-Utah winner in the semifinals Friday.

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Key Players
T. Tinkle
3 F
J. McLaughlin
11 G
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
12.5 Pts. Per Game 12.5
7.5 Ast. Per Game 7.5
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
47.2 Field Goal % 45.8
32.7 Three Point % 41.0
84.0 Free Throw % 75.9
  Defensive rebound by Southern California 1.0
  Ethan Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 2 Jordan McLaughlin made driving layup 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Shaqquan Aaron 25.0
  Alfred Hollins missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
  Offensive rebound by Ethan Thompson 31.0
  Ethan Thompson missed jump shot, blocked by Nick Rakocevic 33.0
  Offensive rebound by Ethan Thompson 44.0
  Drew Eubanks missed hook shot 46.0
  Traveling violation turnover on Chimezie Metu 1:14
  Offensive rebound by Chimezie Metu 1:13
Team Stats
Points 48 61
Field Goals 18-59 (30.5%) 24-53 (45.3%)
3-Pointers 5-20 (25.0%) 4-16 (25.0%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 9-13 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 37 38
Offensive 11 8
Defensive 21 26
Team 5 4
Assists 10 9
Steals 3 5
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 10 6
Fouls 13 12
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Oregon St. 16-16 192948
home team logo USC 22-10 293261
Team Stats
away team logo Oregon St. 16-16 73.6 PPG 41.6 RPG 15.8 APG
home team logo USC 22-10 78.0 PPG 39.3 RPG 16.6 APG
Key Players
1
S. Thompson Jr. G 14.8 PPG 4.5 RPG 3.8 APG 41.0 FG%
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C. Metu F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
S. Thompson Jr. G 12 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
C. Metu F 22 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
30.5 FG% 45.3
25.0 3PT FG% 25.0
77.8 FT% 69.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Thompson Jr. 12 2 2 5/11 2/6 0/0 2 33 0 0 3 2 0
D. Eubanks 11 9 2 3/8 0/0 5/6 1 35 0 0 3 0 9
T. Tinkle 11 6 0 4/14 1/5 2/3 0 36 2 0 2 2 4
A. Hollins 7 4 0 3/10 1/4 0/0 4 24 0 0 0 1 3
E. Thompson 5 4 5 2/9 1/3 0/0 3 37 0 0 0 4 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Thompson Jr. 12 2 2 5/11 2/6 0/0 2 33 0 0 3 2 0
D. Eubanks 11 9 2 3/8 0/0 5/6 1 35 0 0 3 0 9
T. Tinkle 11 6 0 4/14 1/5 2/3 0 36 2 0 2 2 4
A. Hollins 7 4 0 3/10 1/4 0/0 4 24 0 0 0 1 3
E. Thompson 5 4 5 2/9 1/3 0/0 3 37 0 0 0 4 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Manuel 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
S. Berger 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 1
G. Rakocevic 0 3 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 1 2
B. Kone 0 3 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
Z. Reichle 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 2 0 0
C. N'diaye - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Sanders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Stacy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 48 32 10 18/59 5/20 7/9 13 200 3 0 10 11 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Metu 22 11 1 10/15 0/1 2/4 2 37 0 2 3 5 6
J. McLaughlin 13 5 4 4/11 0/2 5/6 0 39 4 0 1 0 5
J. Mathews 13 3 1 5/10 3/5 0/0 2 36 0 0 1 0 3
N. Rakocevic 4 8 0 1/3 0/0 2/2 3 28 0 1 0 2 6
E. Stewart 2 1 0 1/6 0/3 0/0 2 22 1 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Metu 22 11 1 10/15 0/1 2/4 2 37 0 2 3 5 6
J. McLaughlin 13 5 4 4/11 0/2 5/6 0 39 4 0 1 0 5
J. Mathews 13 3 1 5/10 3/5 0/0 2 36 0 0 1 0 3
N. Rakocevic 4 8 0 1/3 0/0 2/2 3 28 0 1 0 2 6
E. Stewart 2 1 0 1/6 0/3 0/0 2 22 1 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Aaron 4 5 3 2/4 0/2 0/1 2 27 0 0 0 0 5
J. Usher 3 1 0 1/4 1/3 0/0 1 11 0 0 0 1 0
K. Karis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Thornton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Boatwright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. O'Bannon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Uyaelunmo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 61 34 9 24/53 4/16 9/13 12 200 5 3 6 8 26