Once again freshman sensation OJ Mayo was the difference in the game for USC. Mayo scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half as the Trojans erased a 4-point halftime deficit to pull out their fourth straight win of the season.
Mayo played all 40 minutes and led the Trojans in scoring (21) and rebounds (5).
Miami (OH) held the lead for most of the game behind the sensational play of senior forward Tim Pollitz, who had 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting.
The Red Hawks, much like Mercer, are a veteran mid-major team and gave the young Trojans trouble all night with their experience and disciplined half-court play.
The Trojans finally took the lead for good when Daniel Hackett hit a jumper with 2:55 left in the game. Hackett had 11 points on the night.
Miami (OH) had the ball trailing by just two points with under ten seconds left in the game but Carl Richburg missed a go ahead 3-pointer with 9 seconds to play. USC's OJ Mayo got the rebound and after being fouled made two free throws to seal the Trojans' 57-53 victory.
Highly touted freshman Davon Jefferson had 7 points and 2 rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Jefferson is still a very raw talent but has the athleticism to be a major contributor for the Trojans this season.
USC football coach Pete Carroll was on hand to watch the USC men's basketball team extend its winning streak to four games Friday night.
The crowd at the Anaheim Convention Center gave Carroll a loud ovation as he entered the arena and immediately started chanting his name.
The Trojans will face the no.18 Southern Illinois Salukis in the championship game of the Anaheim Classic, Sunday at 8PM PT.