01/25 00:05 CST No. 15 USC shakes off slow start to rout Arizona State
No. 15 USC shakes off slow start to rout Arizona State
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Drew Peterson scored 16 points and No. 15 Southern
California shook off a slow start to defeat Arizona State 78-56 Monday night.
The Trojans (17-2, 7-2 Pac-12), playing their third game in five days, fell
behind by 12 points midway through the first half. They missed 15 of their
first 18 and committed eight turnovers in the first 14 minutes before turning
USC closed the first half on a 21-2 run to take a 31-24 lead at halftime. A
3-pointer by DJ Horne got the Sun Devils within 41-35 before the Trojans put it
out of reach with a 14-2 run.
USC's largest lead was 25 late in the second half. Isaiah Mobley, Max
Agbonkpolo and Chevez Goodwin added 12 apiece
Marreon Jackson led Arizona State (6-11, 2-5) with 21 points and Jalien Graham
had 15. The Sun Devils (6-11, 2-5) --- who have dropped five of their last six
--- were without coach Bobby Hurley and guard Jay Heath after both were
suspended one game by Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff for verbally
confronting officials after Saturday's 79-76 loss at Stanford.
Graham's jumper with 6:19 remaining in the first half gave Arizona State a
22-10 lead before USC stormed back with 16 straight points to grab the lead.
The run included four straight 3-pointers --- two apiece by Mobley and
Dizon-Waters --- before Boogie Ellis' jumper put the Trojans on top 24-22 with
FINDING THEIR TOUCH
After starting 3 of 18 from the floor, USC hit 20 of its next 28 shots and
finished the night making 45.8% (27 of 59).
This was the first home game where USC was able to have fans since Dec. 15.
Only families and guests of players and coaches were permitted to attend games
against Oregon State and Oregon due to COVID-19. USC returned to in-person
classes on Monday after the first two weeks of the spring semester were
Arizona State: Travels to third-ranked Arizona Saturday.
USC: Hosts Stanford Thursday night.
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