LAHAINA - In a see-what-you're-made-of contest, Southern California's resili-ence paid off best.
The Trojans earned their first EA Sports Maui Invitational win in 13 seasons, and a spot in this year's fifth-place game, with a 59-53 overtime win over Texas on Tuesday at the Lahaina Civic Center.
USC (3-1) had lost by 30 points to Illinois on Monday in the game that followed Chaminade's win over Texas.
Texas’ Javan Felix drives as Southern California’s Chass Bryan defends during the first half of the Trojans’ 59-53 overtime win over the Longhorns on Tuesday.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
"I'm really proud of our guys, you know, bouncing back from the late game last night and then the noon game today," said Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill. "Both of us were in desperate mode. We got waxed last night in the first half and they lost to Chaminade, so you have got two teams that are pretty good teams in a desperate mode. It was that kind of game."
USC shot 22-for-64 (34.4 percent) from the field. Texas was just a bit better, going 20-for-54 (37.0 percent).
In overtime, Dewayne Dedmon's 3-point play gave the Trojans a 54-51 lead with 87 seconds left in overtime. After a jumper by Sheldon McClellan brought the Longhorns within 55-53 with 25 seconds left, J.T. Terrell was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 17 seconds to seal the win.
SOUTHERN CAL Trojans 59 (OT)
TEXAS Longhorns 53
USC, which is making its first Maui appearance since 1999, will play Marquette for fifth place today.
Texas will face Mississippi State for seventh.
Terrell's dunk with 26 seconds left in regulation tied the game for the 11th time, at 47-47. The Longhorns' Julien Lewis missed a 3-pointer with four seconds to go.
"It was a rock fight and I thought we did a great job executing offensively, especially down the stretch," O'Neill said. "I like how hard we played and I thought we kind of took over the game."
Texas (2-2) shot 9-for-27 in the second half, and 2-for-7 in overtime.
"I thought both teams played hard defensively, they were hard on their opponent," O'Neill said. "We made enough to win. When you are playing one-possession games like that, free throws are critical."
The Trojans were 13-for-20 from the foul line overall, but 8-for-9 in overtime.
Eric Wise had 13 points and four steals for USC. Jio Fontan had 11 points and six assists, and Bryon Wesley had 10 points and eight rebounds.
"I think for the most part today we just did a better job of going out there and sticking to the game plan," Fontan said. "The coaching staff did a great job of helping know how to stop their offense."
Lewis scored 17 points for Texas, which entered the tournament one spot away from being ranked in the USA Today coaches poll.
"I thought there were some much better things," Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said in comparing Tuesday's game to Monday's, after which he called his team "scared."
"At least we competed," Barnes said Tuesday. "We came out and played with more passion. We executed better and we had some opportunities. Overall, there were some things we can build on. We still haven't gotten into a rhythm where we need to be offensively. We're a better shooting team than we've shot."
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Holmes 1-3 0-0 2, Papapetrou 3-7 4-4 10, Ridley 3-7 1-2 7, Felix 2-11 2-2 6, Lewis 6-8 3-4 17, McClellan 5-14 1-2 11, Holland 0-1 0-0 0, Lammert 0-2 0-0 0, Ibeh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 11-14 53.
SOUTHERN CAL (59)
Dedmon 3-11 2-3 8, Wise 5-9 2-4 13, Fontan 3-13 5-9 11, Terrell 2-9 4-4 9, Wesley 5-9 0-0 10, Woolridge 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Bryan 0-1 0-0 0, Fuller 1-3 0-0 2, Blasczyk 0-0 0-0 0, Oraby 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 22-64 13-20 59.
Halftime-Tied 26-26. End Of Regulation-Tied 47. 3-Point Goals-Texas 2-11 (Lewis 2-3, Holmes 0-1, Felix 0-1, Lammert 0-2, McClellan 0-4), Southern Cal 2-11 (Wise 1-1, Terrell 1-4, Bryan 0-1, Woolridge 0-1, Fontan 0-2, Wesley 0-2). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Texas 38 (Holmes 9), Southern Cal 43 (Dedmon 8). Assists-Texas 15 (Felix 8), Southern Cal 14 (Fontan 6). Total Fouls-Texas 17, Southern Cal 14. A-2,400.