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Balanced-scoring USC cruises past Washington

Field Level Media
15 Jan 2021, 14:55 GMT+10

Isaiah Mobley led a balanced scoring effort with 18 points, and Southern California led wire to wire in a 95-68 rout of Washington on Thursday in Los Angeles.

The Trojans (10-2, 4-1 Pac-12) jumped ahead 7-0, pushed the lead to double digits less than six minutes in and went into halftime ahead by 21 points.

The early cushion allowed USC coach Andy Enfield to play multiple lineup combinations, which resulted in six Trojans scoring at least nine points. Evan Mobley put up 17 points, Drew Peterson added 14 points, Chevez Goodwin posted 12 points, Tahj Eaddy finished with 10 and Isaiah White notched nine.

Ten Trojans scored in total.

Fueling the scoring distribution was USC's ball movement. The Trojans scored 20 of their 31 made field goals via assists, with Isaiah Mobley's four setting the pace. Eaddy, White and Evan Mobley each dished three assists.

USC complemented its balanced scoring with stifling defense, holding Washington to 37.9 percent shooting from the floor. Evan Mobley contributed to the defensive effort with two blocked shots while Eaddy and Goodwin each made two steals.

The Trojans also enjoyed a 41-31 rebounding edge, led by Peterson's seven and Evan Mobley's six.

Washington (1-10, 0-6) dropped its seventh straight game. The Thursday defeat was the fourth in that skid with a margin of at least 23 points.

Erik Stevenson was the only Husky in double-figures until the latter stretch of the second half. Stevenson scored 16 points, Jamal Bey added 11 and Nate Roberts scored 10 while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.

The Huskies shot 39.1 percent (9 of 23) from behind the 3-point arc. Stevenson's 4-of-8 effort led the way, and Bey was 2 of 4. USC was slightly less effective from long range, going 7 of 19 (36.8 percent), but made a blistering 57.1 percent from inside the arc.

--Field Level Media

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