NCAA Basketball

58
Final 1 2 Tot
19
USC
26 32 58
24 29 53
53
8:00 PM PT9:00 PM MT10:00 PM CT11:00 PM ET4:00 PM GMT12:00 PM 北京时间9:00 PM MST11:00 PM EST, Feb 3, 2022
Desert Financial Arena, Tempe, Arizona  Attendance: 7,246

No. 19 USC overcomes poor shooting, beats Arizona St 58-53

(AP Photo/Matt York)

By DAVID BRANDT

AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Boogie Ellis scored 21 points, including five free throws in the final minute, to lift No. 19 Southern California over Arizona State 58-53 on Thursday night.

The Trojans (19-3, 9-3 Pac-12) have won two in a row and five of their last six. The Sun Devils have lost four straight. Both teams struggled shooting until the final minutes, when they traded baskets in a white-knuckle finish.

Isaiah Mobley made a 3-pointer with 1:57 left to put the Trojans up 49-48 but Arizona State (6-13, 2-7) responded with Jalen Graham's layup while getting fouled. He made the free throw to put the Sun Devils up 51-49.

Mobley's tough basket in the post tied it 51-all with a minute left and Ellis made a pair of free throws to give USC a 53-51 lead with 46 seconds left. Ellis added three more free throws over the next few possessions and then added an exclamation point with a breakaway dunk just before the buzzer.

Mobley finished with 12 points. Drew Peterson had six points and 13 rebounds.

Arizona State took its first lead when Kimani Lawrence's layup made it 28-27 with 17:12 remaining. The Sun Devils pushed their advantage to 40-32 with about 11 minutes left.

The Sun Devils were led by Graham's 19 points. Arizona State shot just 3 of 21 from 3-point range.

USC jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first four minutes. The Trojans extended their advantage to 14-2 before suddenly going cold, missing nine straight shots in a scoreless streak that lasted nearly six minutes.

That allowed Arizona State to claw back into the game, but an inefficient offense kept the the Sun Devils from taking the lead. USC took a 26-24 lead into halftime.

USC shot just 27% before the break while Arizona State shot 26%.

BIG PICTURE

USC has to be happy to overcome its worst offensive performance of the season. Ellis was big in the final minutes.

Arizona State was competitive - especially on defense - but the lack of offense continues to be a problem. The Sun Devils came into the game with the worst offense in the Pac-12 and haven't scored more than 56 points over the past three games.

UP NEXT

USC: Travels to face No. 7 Arizona on Monday.

Arizona State: Hosts No. 3 UCLA on Monday.

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Updated February 4, 2022

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