Bennie Boatwright will be sidelined for the remainder of USC’s season because of a knee injury.
“It hurts a lot,” senior point guard Jordan McLaughlin said after practice Friday. “He’s a big part of our team.”
USC (18-9 overall, 9-5 in Pac-12 Conference play) is tied for second place with UCLA (18-8, 9-5) as the Trojans prepare to host Oregon State (13-12, 5-8) on Saturday at the Galen Center.
With four games remaining before the conference tournament, coach Andy Enfield said it would be crucial for USC to win its games at home.
But it becomes more difficult without Boatwright, who averaged 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. “It’s devastating,” Enfield said....