12/07 23:02 CST Mobley's 23 points lead No. 16 USC over E. Kentucky 80-68
Mobley's 23 points lead No. 16 USC over E. Kentucky 80-68
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Isaiah Mobley had a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds,
and No. 16 Southern California beat Eastern Kentucky 80-68 on Tuesday night.
The Trojans (9-0, 2-0 Pac-12) are off to their best start since 2016-17 when
they opened 14-0.
Mobley hit a career-high five 3-pointers and his rebounds tied his career high.
Drew Peterson added 15 points, Chevez Goodwin added 14 points and Max
Agbonkpolo added 12 points for the Trojans.
The Colonels (5-5) dropped their fourth in a row. They were led by Braxton
Beverly with 16 points.
USC raced to a 17-6 lead to start the game, including 12 straight points, with
Mobley scoring seven points. The Colonels missed 14 of their first 16 shots.
Mobley made his first five shots of the game and his 3-pointer pushed USC's
lead to 15 points. The Trojans dunked on three straight possessions near the
end of the half, including two by Joshua Morgan.
USC shot 53% in the half and its defense held the Colonels to 26% from the
The Trojans had another offensive burst to open the second half. They outscored
the Colonels 17-9 to push their lead to 58-34. Morgan dunked twice more and USC
hit four 3-pointers in the spurt, including two by Mobley.
The Colonels managed to put together their best stretch of the game, going on a
15-5 run, led by six points from Lewis, to close to 63-49. USC responded by
running off nine in a row. Peterson threw down a monster jam, getting fouled
and making the free throw.
Mobley and the rest of USC's starters sat down. That's when the Colonels found
their touch. They scored 11 points in a row, hitting three straight 3-pointers
to get to 74-62. They outscored USC 43-39 in the second half.
That forced the Trojans to bring back the starting five for the final two
Beverly's 3-pointer cut USC's lead to 78-68 with 1 1/2 minutes left. The
Colonels hit five straight 3-pointers to end the game.
Eastern Kentucky: The Colonels are coming off a 22-win season --- tied for
third-most in program history --- and were picked to finish second in the ASUN.
They've endured some tough road losses recently, including by three points at
West Virginia and five points at Western Kentucky, that will surely toughen
them up for conference play.
USC: The Trojans have played just four home games so far, dominating each one.
They've been good on the road, and have neutral-court games against Georgia
Tech and Oklahoma State later this month.
Boogie Ellis, USC's leading scorer at 14 points a game, went scoreless. He was
0 for 10 and missed all of his seven 3-point attempts. He had five rebounds and
Eastern Kentucky: Hosts Marshall on Saturday to open a three-game homestand.
USC: Hosts Long Beach State on Sunday.
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