First Round, Game 2
Colorado 59, USC 56
POG: Colorado guard Askia Booker. Booker hoisted the Buffaloes onto his shoulders in this one, scoring 21 on 9-of-17 shooting while adding seven rebounds and four assists. Booker had 13 of his points in the second half, including seven straight during a two-minute stretch midway through the half.
LOG: USC guard J.T. Terrell. The Trojans got a huge game from Byron Wesley, who had a game-high 23 points. They sure needed more from Terrell, though. Terrell halved his season average of 10 points on Wednesday, scoring just five on 2-of-8 shooting in 24 minutes. Worse, his plus-minus was negative-13.
Pivotal moment: For just a moment, at least on the MGM Grand Arena video board, USC claimed a 49-1 lead. In reality, the scoring was just hay-wire with 7:19 left, Colorado was actually up 50-49 after a free throw, and the Buffaloes would not trail the rest of the day.
Won or Lost? This game was won by Colorado, or, more accurately, by Booker. With Josh Scott stifled in the post to just 4-for-14 shooting and only one other player, Xavier Johnson, in double-figures, the Buffaloes needed a major performance from Booker. They got one.