Story Poster
USC Basketball

USC Scoop Hoops Report: USC Gets The Win In Tucson!

January 7, 2021

On a night when both Isaiah Mobley and Chevez Goodwin would foul out of the game, the Trojan's roster depth and length would step up.  USC (7-2, 2-1 Pac-12) trailed by as many as 9 points early in the first half but would eventually find themselves leading by as many 10 halfway through the second half, and The Trojan basketball team, for the first time since 2008, won inside McKale Center, defeating the Wildcats 87-73.  

Per USC, it was the program's biggest win over the Wildcats in Arizona since 1927.

With USC playing nationally on ESPN2 Prime Time Thursday, the Trojans picked the right time to show the country just how good a team they could be when the tournament selection comes around.  In the second half of the game the Trojans shot a staggering 75% from the field and they pulled away down the stretch with a dunkfest.

It wasn’t easy early for USC.  It never is.  When the Trojans fell behind 15-6, Coach Andy Enfield took a timeout with 12:40 to play and used his loud voice.  It got the team's attention.  

With the team shooting just 1-9 from the field to start the game, Enfield would offer some quick words of encouragement during the timeout, igniting the Trojans to a 9-4 run of their own, cutting the lead to 19-15.  Heading into the timeout break, Enfield picked up a technical, which seemed to spark the Trojans even more. USC would eventually take their first lead of the game once Evan Mobley finally made his first basket, plus the FT, giving the team a 22-20.  

Enfield's earlier words of encouragement were persuasive; Noah Baumann followed up Evan’s scoring with a 3 of his own, and now Wildcats head coach Sean Miller was forced to take the timeout finding his team suddenly trailing 25-20 with 8:06 to go in the half.

If the Trojans could clean up their interior defense and maybe grab an occasional rebound, things might be more comfortable, and they might have had a more considerable lead than just the 35-34 halftime lead.  At one point the Wildcats led the Trojans on the boards 24-15 including 7 offensive rebounds to the Trojans 0.

Following the Trojan's win against Utah when the team won by 18 points when Evan was held without an FG attempt, there was some concern.  However, going on the road for the first time in the conference, the freshman bounced back with 19 points and 11 boards.  After the game, Coach Enfield reminded everyone, "he's[Evan] very talented but he's still a freshman and he only weighs about 210-215 pounds. So people think he's Superman -- he's not, he's a developing player like every other freshman...He just happens to be 7-feet and very talented."  

With Isiah Mobley fouling out, the other Isaiah[White] would lead the team in scoring 22 points, including going 3-5 from behind the arc and 7-10 from the field. White, known for his non-stop motor and tenacious defense, stepped up offensively with Ethan Anderson still out nursing a sore back, causing havoc for the Wildcat guards on defense.  Joining White in the backcourt, Tahj Eaddy chipped in with 9 points, and Drew Peterson dished out 10 assists against 1 turnover.  It was a complete team effort with everyone who played contributing.

The Trojans took over in the second half when Evan started to grow up; That was Coach Enfield’s choice of words. "We tried to really get him the ball in scoring position or playmaking position, and I thought he just did an outstanding job Tonight of being patient.--He didn't leave his feet, he didn't flip balls around like against Colorado when he had 5 turnovers and missed a lot of shots.--Tonight he grew up and I think he played a much better basketball game against a very physical team. ... He was special Tonight offensively", said Enfield post-game.

Saturday, the team will look to sweep the state of Arizona when the Trojans travel to Tempe to take on ASU. The game is set to tip-off at 4:00 PM on the PAC-12 Network.

Discussion from...

USC Scoop Hoops Report: USC Gets The Win In Tucson!

399 Views | 0 Replies | Last: 18 days ago by Marc Kulkin
There are not any replies to this post yet.
Page 1 of 1
subscribe Verify your student status
See Subscription Benefits
Trial only available to users who have never subscribed or participated in a previous trial.