USC bounces back with big win over Oregon


  • USC guard Ethan Anderson (20) shoots against Oregon forward Chandler Lawson (13) and guard Chris Duarte (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Oregon guard Will Richardson (0) shoots against USC guard Drew Peterson, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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  • USC forward Evan Mobley (4) shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Oregon guard Will Richardson (0) shoots against USC guard Isaiah White (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Oregon forward Eric Williams Jr. (50) keeps the ball away from USC forward Chevez Goodwin (1) and guard Isaiah White, center, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • USC guard Drew Peterson (13) shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Oregon forward Eric Williams Jr. (50) shoots against USC forward Evan Mobley (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • USC guard Isaiah White (5) gets an arm to the face from Oregon forward Eric Williams Jr., right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • USC guard Isaiah White (5) blocks a shot by Oregon guard Will Richardson (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • USC guard Isaiah White, left, guard Drew Peterson, right, and Oregon guard Chris Duarte (5) reach for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • USC forward Evan Mobley (4) shoots against Oregon guard Chris Duarte (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • USC forward Max Agbonkpolo, center left, celebrates a 72-58 win over Oregon after an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • USC guard Drew Peterson (13) defends against Oregon guard Amauri Hardy (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Oregon guard Chris Duarte (5) tries to hold on to the ball from the floor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against USC on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • USC guard Drew Peterson, left, and guard Ethan Anderson celebrate during a timeout in the first half of Monday’s Pac-12 victory over Oregon at the Galen Center. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

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LOS ANGELES — Evan Mobley did not attempt a field goal until there was 4:06 left in the first half of USC’s game against Oregon on Monday.

Typically, a slow start from their leading scorer would spell trouble for the Trojans. But Mobley’s first bucket, an alley-oop dunk courtesy of Tahj Eaddy, extended USC’s lead to 18 points.

It was that type of game for the Trojans, who were well on their way to a 72-58 victory over the Ducks.

At first, it appeared as if the 19th-ranked Trojans (19-4 overall, 13-3 in Pac-12) would run away with it. USC scored the first 15 points of the game. Oregon missed its first 12 shots. And Eaddy’s 21 first-half points were one short of matching the Ducks’ total in the first 20 minutes.

“We kinda made it a point of emphasis to come out with the right intensity tonight,” Eaddy said.

But after the lead grew as large as 26 in the second half, the Ducks (14-5, 9-4) cut the margin to 10 on back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers with 5:56 left. But a corner 3-pointer from Max Agbonkpolo put the Trojans back up 13, and Oregon never got closer as its five-game winning streak came to an end.

Eaddy knocked down 3-pointers on USC’s first three possessions of the game. It became clear there was no stopping Eaddy when, with time running out on the shot clock and a bigger defender guarding him, the 6-foot-2 guard stepped back into a 3-pointer.

His 24-point effort – on 8-for-15 shooting, including 6 for 11 from 3-point range – was the clear standout performance, but USC had several players who got in on the action.

Isaiah White’s hustle was on full display, with three offensive rebounds and a few bruises from the court to show for it. Ethan Anderson had eight assists and two steals in his return to the starting lineup for the first time since a back injury sidelined him for six weeks.

And then there was Drew Peterson, moved out of the starting five in favor of Anderson. Coming off the bench, Peterson quickly scored a layup and on the next possession assisted a driving Isaiah White to open a 13-0 lead.

Oregon called time after the White bucket as the USC bench jubilantly rushed onto the court.

Peterson finished with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double, making a key 3-pointer and a fadeaway jumper in the paint to slow Oregon’s second-half runs.

“Coming off the bench woke me up a little bit,” Peterson said. “I talked with [head coach Andy Enfield] and obviously I’ve been shooting poor and I lost a little bit of confidence. He just told me to get back it and I really just came into the game trying to do a little bit of everything.”

The Ducks nearly got back into it, using a full-court press for parts of the first half and nearly all of the second in an attempt to create extra possessions through USC’s 16 turnovers (nine in the second half). But the deficit was too big.

USC couldn’t have asked for a better response to Saturday’s loss to Arizona, which dropped the Trojans two spots in the latest AP poll. Or to the late scratch of forward Isaiah Mobley, averaging 11.5 points and 9.3 rebounds the last four games, due to a calf strain.

“Our players really were focused,” said Enfield, whose team moved a half game ahead of UCLA for first place in the Pac-12 with the win. “They understood, once they saw some of the video of Saturday’s game where we were outplayed by a very good Arizona team, and they just didn’t want that to happen again tonight.”

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