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USC Men's Basketball Returns With 86-63 Rout Over Santa Clara

Dec 29, 2020

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evan Mobley had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, and USC beat Santa Clara 86-63 on Tuesday night, the first game for the Trojans in nearly three weeks.

Isaiah Mobley added 13 points, seven rebounds and blocked two shots for USC (5-1). The Mobley brothers combined for 12-of-16 shooting and had 14 of the Trojans 44 rebounds.

The Trojans hadn't played since Dec. 8, a 91-56 rout of UC Irvine, due to a confirmed COVID-19 case within the program. They canceled games against San Francisco and Texas Southern, and had their opening Pac-12 matchups against Stanford and Oregon State postponed.

"It was a good team win after 3 weeks off," said USC coach Andy Enfield. "We played with a lot of energy in the first half to get the lead, shared the ball and our defense was where it needed to be. Santa Clara is a good team, we respected them. I'm proud of our players for going through the quarantine and coming out and giving the energy that we did."

Tahj Eaddy, a grad transfer from Santa Clara, added 13 points for the Trojans against his former team. Drew Peterson, a junior transfer from Rice, had seven points and nine assists. Chevez Goodwin added 10 points off the bench.

Josip Vrankic and Christian Carlyle scored 13 points apiece for Santa Clara (6-2), which has lost two consecutive games after a 6-0 start.

Evan Mobley scored six points during a 14-4 run that gave the Trojans a 20-10 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the first half, and they led by double digits the rest of the way.

The 20 days without a game is the longest stretch for the Trojans since the 1967 season, when they went 36 days without a game (Dec. 21-Jan. 27).

The Trojans will begin their Pac-12 schedule hosting Colorado on Thursday (New Years Eve), followed by another home game against Utah on Saturday.

Waters, Morgan Debut

Reese Waters and Joshua Morgan made their season debuts with the Trojans against the Broncos.

Waters, USC's highest-ranked signee of the 2021 recruiting class who gained eligibility in early December, had five points in five minutes.

Morgan, a sophomore transfer from Long Beach State who was also recently granted eligibility, logged a rebound in five minutes of play.

London To Focus on Football

Following the game, Enfield confirmed that Drake London would not re-join the Trojan men's basketball team in 2020-21 after a standout football season.

London caught 33 passes for 503 yards and three touchdowns in six games as a starting wide receiver. He was named All-Pac-12 Second Team last week.

"Drake London has decided to concentrate on football and won't be playing on our team this year," Enfield said. "We wish him the best. He made the right decision. He's an All-Pac-12 receiver and is fun to watch him. As good of a basketball player as he could have been, he has decided to concentrate on football."