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Friday, February 26, 2010
Revisiting Oregon

By Pedro Moura

The mood in the USC locker room after Thursday's 54-44 loss to Oregon wasn't exactly happy. Before we head over to Dedeaux Field for tonight's 6:30 p.m. matchup with Oklahoma State, here are a few quotes that couldn't fit into the recap:

Senior guard Mike Gerrity, on hoping to finish well at the Galen Center on Saturday: "I'm just glad that's not our last game that we're leaving on."

More Gerrity, on offensive failures that contributed to the team's 12-point second half: "We settled a bit for the outside shot instead of trying to get it into the bigs. We were having some success, but I think we got away from that in the second half."

USC coach Kevin O'Neill, on an overall lack of energy exhibited by his team: "Even when we were up nine in the first half, we didn't play with energy. We just didn't have it tonight. I hope we can bounce back Saturday."

Sophomore forward Nikola Vucevic, asked if it was hard to get the ball inside when facing the 2-3 zone: "It is. Because those three guys inside, they really shrink. And as soon as we catch it it's like two or three guys on us. It's really hard to do something inside when a team plays zone because even if you catch it you can't make your move."

More Vucevic, on whether the team is capable of finishing strong and possibly capturing a share of the regular-season Pac-10 title: "It's going to be hard after a game like this tonight. But I think we can still bounce back."

And Oregon coach Ernie Kent, who was both extremely pleased with his team's performance and extremely complimentary of the Trojans: "USC is a big and physical basketball team. They play hard against the glass and the grit of this game was keeping them off the court. This team played very well and were tough competitors tonight."

Next up for the Trojans is a 4:30 game Saturday against Oregon State at the Galen Center, the last home game in the college careers of Gerrity, Dwight Lewis, and Marcus Johnson.