March is in 2 days and the Cats have yet to put it all together falling to the USC Trojans 89-78. The Cats 11-5 in conference and 23-5 overall dropped to second in the conference tied with UCLA and have lost 3 of their last 6 games.
Solomon Hill scored 21 points with 6 assist and 3 rebounds to lead the Cats with support from Kevin Parrom who chipped in 16 points, but they didn’t get much help. Mark Lyons scored 14 points on 1-9 field goals and 0-5 from three point territory and Nick Johnson had an abysmal 4 points and 3 rebounds. The team shot just 40% on 24-60 and never really threatened the Trojans.
The Cats were constantly being beat one on one and letting the Trojans get wide open shots. The Trojans ended the night shooting 61% from field goal range and 60% from three point range. The rebounding battle was another loss by the cats getting out rebounded 33-24 with Omar Oraby from Egypt at 7’2 grabbing 8 rebounds and being a force inside for the Trojans.
Eric Wise had 22 points to lead the Trojans who were up by as much as 13 in the second half. With 12 minutes to go in the second half Jordin Mayes nailed a three pointer in the corner to cut the lead to 4 at 60-56, but that is as close as the Cats would get. With 8 minutes left to go Jio Fontan made a jumper to put the Trojans up 71-60 to go along with his 9 assists.
With multiple players for the Wildcats refusing to show up last night the Cats never had a chance to win, if it is chemistry issues or if Miller has lost his grip on this group is unknown, but something must change if the Cats want to be a special team next month.
Next up the Cats are at UCLA at 7 p.m.