No. 22 Tennessee, USC look to keep rolling in Bahamas

Southern California’s Boogie Ellis understands the significance of Thursday’s semifinal against No. 22 Tennessee at the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.”We come out here and we win a couple games, we got a chance to make some noise,” he said. “Just (relaying) to the guys that this is a really important tournament for us to make a statement.”Ellis scored 27 points and Joshua Morgan and Drew Peterson posted double-doubles as the Trojans (4-1) knocked off BYU 82-76 in the first round on Wednesday.After leading 28-23 at halftime, Tennessee (3-1) dominated Butler in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 43-22 to cruise to a 71-45 win.The winner plays in the title game on Friday night against No. 3 Kansas (5-0) or Wisconsin (4-0). The semifinal losers meet in the third-place game on Friday afternoon.The Trojans extended their winning streak to four games by using a balanced scoring attack that included Peterson posting 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Morgan had his second straight double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.The Trojans limited BYU to 25-for-59 shooting from the floor, 42.4 percent. USC also held the Cougars without a field goal for a stretch of more than four minutes in the second half to take a 13-point lead and secure the win.The Trojans shot 31 of 58 (53.4 percent), including just 2 of 10 from long distance, in addition to scoring 17 points off the Cougars’ 17 turnovers.”We have an opportunity to make a statement,” Peterson said. “There’s seven other good teams here and it’s time for us to really lock in. It’s a big stage and national attention, so we’re going to be ready to go.”

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