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USC Hoops falls to No. 22 Tennessee in overtime

Boogie Ellis scored 15 of his 21 First-half points, including a deep three-pointer just before the half-time buzzer, but it wasn’t enough to help USC tally 20 turnovers in a 73-66 overtime loss to No. 22 Tennessee in a semifinal Match to overcome in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament held at the Imperial Arena on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

The Volunteers (4-1) benefited from the generosity of the Trojans, scoring 25 points less than the freebies. Six turnovers by the Trojans went into overtime, resulting in a more than two-minute crunch time in which the Trojans (4-2) didn’t even attempt a shot.

Tennessee Five Star Freshman Julian Phillips scored a career-high 25 points. Olivier Nkamhoua was the only other volunteer in double digits, scoring 12 points in 5-on-8 shooting.

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The only USC player outside of Ellis to score double digits was Tre White. He had 11 points in 5-for-11 shooting. The other two start supervisors of the Trojans had a hard time. Reese Dixon-Waters was 2 for 8 from the field with five turnovers. He had five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal. Drew Peterson had single-digit totals for the second time this season — both USC losses. He had nine points in 4-for-10 shooting, but much more troubling were the season bests of seven turnovers he had. Peterson had six rebounds, five assists and a steal.

The Trojans overtook Tennessee, making 45.0 percent of their shots compared to 37.5 percent for the Vols. USC was also better from long range, shooting 33.3 percent on three-point attempts while Tennessee was held to 3-for-18 (16.7 percent) on long-range shooting.

In their final game of the three-day, eight-team tournament at Paradise, the Trojans meet a strong Wisconsin side who are coming off their backs on their first loss of the season and who dealt defending champion Kansas an overtime heartthrob just before the buzzer. The Badgers were as much as 15 behind early in the game. she defeated Dayton, 43-42, in their Battle 4 Atlantis tournament opener on Wednesday. They are guided by Tyler Wahlwho averages a team-high of 14.0 points and 7.4 rebounds.

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View photos of USC Trojans in action against the Tennessee Volunteers in the Bahamas on Paradise Island at the Atlantis Resort. All photos are provided by Bahamas Visual Services and taken by photographer Tim Aylen.

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