USC basketball: Trojans lead No. 19 Texas at halftime, 35-27
The sad-but-true fact for USC fans is that the sizable crowd at the Galen Center for tonight's USC-Texas game is mostly pro-Texas, as the echoing "Texas Fight" chants are easily indicating.
But the Trojans (4-4) are giving the No. 19 Longhorns (6-1) all the fight they want, and lead, 35-27, at halftime.
USC led the entire half, increased that margin to 10 with 3 minutes, 28 seconds left before halftime when junior forward Nikola Vucevic hit consecutive three-point shots.
After the second one sailed through the net, Vucevic, who scored 16 points in the first half on seven-for-12 shooting, raised his arms in a field-goal formation, and pumped his fists while shouting as Texas Coach Rick Barnes called a timeout.
While Texas holds advantages in skill, athleticism and overall talent, USC does have size, and its two 6-foot-10 forwards have played well.
Aside from Vucevic, senior Alex Stepheson has helped control the paint on offense and defense. He had six points and five rebounds, and USC is out-rebounding Texas, 18-13
Overall, USC shot 13 for 29 (44.8%) while Texas shot 10 for 24 (41.7%).
-- Baxter Holmes