2/17/21 LOS ANGELES, Ca - The USC Trojans ranked #17 in the country, and sitting at the top of the Pac-12 Conference continue their winning ways to stay at the top by knocking off the Arizona State Sun Devils 89-71 at the Galen Center.
Evan Mobley scored 22-points for the Trojans, followed by Isaiah Mobley's 20-points, Tahj Eaddy's 18-points, and Drew Peterson's 11-points. Remy Martin led Arizona State with 30-points on 12 of 19 shooting, Kimani Lawrence 12-points, and Jalen Graham 10-points.
Tahj Eaddy and Evan Mobley both had scored 7 points to give the Trojans a 14-10 lead with 15:59 left in the first half. Kimani Lawrence made two free throws, and Martin's three-pointer had the Sun Devils leading 15-14.
Eaddy made a layup to give the Trojans a 21-15, but the Sun Devils went on a 6-0 run tying the game 21-21 after another three-point shot by Martin. USC led 28-23 after a basket by Max Agbongpolo.
Jalen Graham's dunk had the Sun Devils down 35-31 with 6:58 left in the first half. USC went on a 7-2 run pushing their lead up to 42-34 after a three-pointer by Noah Baumann.
Martin made a jump shot that made the score 44-38 with 3:25 left in the first half. The Trojans closed out the first half leading by just two-points, 46-44, despite making 6 of 10 shots from the three-point arc, 60.0 percent, and committed five turnovers.
Arizona State shot the ball well from long distance, made 6 of 9 shots from the three-point arc, 66.7 percent, while only committing five turnovers.
Eaddy led the Trojans in scoring in the first half with 15-points, Isaiah Mobley 9-points, and Evan Mobley 7-points. Martin led the Sun Devils in scoring with 15-points and Kimani Lawrence with 10-points.
Isaiah Mobley made a layup, and Evan Mobley's three-pointer gave the Trojans a 51-44 lead forcing Bobby Hurley, Arizona State head coach, to call a timeout 18:52 left in the second half.
Martin made a put-back shot that had the Sun Devils trailing by three-points, 53-50. Isaiah Mobley's right-hand power dunk gave the Trojans a six-point lead, 58-52. Evan Mobley's two-handed dunk push USC lead up to 62-54, with 13:56 left in the game.
The Trojans led 67-58 after a three-pointer by Ethan Anderson with 10:05 left in the game. Agbonkpolo's three-pointer gave USC a ten-point lead, 70-60. Drew Peterson's three-pointer had the Trojans leading 73-62.
Martin's three-point shooting kept the Sun Devils in the game, made another three-point shot that made the score 76-67 with 6:15 left in the game. USC began to pull away from Arizona State and led 82-69, after a layup by Isaiah Mobley, with 3:14 left in the game.
USC went on to beat Arizona State 89-71 improving their record to (18-3, Pac-12, 12-2) and remain in first place in the Pac-12 Conference. After the game, USC's head coach Andy Enfield spoke from a coach's position on how the way they are playing right now.
"In the first half, we felt disappointed with our defensive effort, but in the second half, we held them two twenty-seven points, and we let their three-point shooters go wild in the first half. On offense, we played well in the first and second half and its game-by-game in the Pac-12, but we are playing some good basketball during the stretch, and we have to play a good Arizona team on Saturday."
The Trojans have won seven games in a roll since losing to the Oregon State Beavers 75-62 on the road back in January and will face the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #usctrojansmbb #arizonastatembb #pac12 #isaiahmobley #evanmobley #ncaambb #comptonmagic