USC Defeats Drexel 72-70 with Second Half Comeback|
Nov. 21, 2014
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Darion Clark had 15 points and Julian Jacobs scored all his 10 points in the second half as USC rallied from 12 points down to beat Drexel 72-70 at the Charleston Classic on Friday.
Damion Lee led Drexel with 32 point, but the Dragons (0-4) will play in the seventh-place game while the Trojans (2-2) play for fifth place in the eight-team tournament.
Drexel looked as if it had things in hand with 40-28 lead at the break. The Dragons were still up 50-41 after Lee's basket with 11:51 to play. That's when Southern California ramped things up with a 13-2 run to get back in it. Jacobs' basket with 40 seconds left put the Trojans ahead 71-67.
Lee followed with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one, but missed a long 3-pointer right before the buzzer.
Both teams came in looking to find their shooting touch. The Trojans shot less than 22 percent in the second half of a 66-46 loss to Akron in the tournament's opening game Thursday.
Drexel made just 31.4 percent of its shots to fall to Miami by the same score. Miami coach Jim Larranaga switched defensive tactics to take away Lee's scoring and it worked as the Drexel junior had only one point the final 20 minutes.
Southern California tried a similar tactic, going to heavy pressure all over the court as it attempted to come back from a 19-6 deficit. That worked, too, the Trojans forcing nine turnovers to cut the lead to 29-26 with three minutes left in the period.
That's when Lee found space for his outside shooting. He close the half with 11 straight points on three 3-pointers and sent the Dragons to the locker room up 40-28.