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Tahj Eaddy, Drew Peterson Lead USC Men's Basketball In 79-42 Drubbing Over Stanford

Mar 3, 2021

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tahj Eaddy scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and USC routed Stanford 79-42 on Wednesday night, snapping a two-game skid and keeping the Trojans in the hunt for the Pac-12 title.

Drew Peterson had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Trojans (20-6, 14-5 Pac-12), who notched their 20th win for the fifth time in six seasons under coach Andy Enfield. They trail first-place Oregon by percentage points with one game remaining for each team.

Stanford (14-12, 10-10) was dealt its biggest loss of the season and has dropped a season-worst four in a row. The Cardinal sorely missed Oscar da Silva, the Pac-12's second-leading scorer who sat out his third consecutive game with a lower extremity injury. They were led by Spencer Jones and reserve Brandon Angel with nine points each.

The Trojans got the blowout going from the opening tip. They began with a 17-2 run that included 15 straight points as Stanford went 9:20 without a basket. Evan Mobley dunked twice and Peterson put down a one-handed jam for the Trojans, who quickly stretched their lead to 25-6.

Mobley finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in what was likely the standout freshman's final home game. He's expected to leave early for the NBA draft.

The Cardinal had just six points in the game's first 16 minutes. They shot 6 of 27 from the field and missed 6 of 9 from 3-point range while committing 11 turnovers in the half.

Eaddy's 3-pointer gave USC a 22-point lead, its largest of the half just before the break.

USC's offense was just as lethal to start the second half. The Trojans sank four consecutive 3-pointers - two each by Peterson and Eaddy - and Peterson added a basket to complete a 14-0 run that extended their lead to 50-19.

The Trojans cleared their bench with about five minutes to go. The reserves did the starters proud, pushing the lead to 38 points on a dunk by freshman Boubacar Coulibaly that had the bench on its feet cheering. Amar Ross' 3-pointer put USC ahead by 41 seconds later.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: With four straight losses to close the regular season, the Cardinal has likely played their way out of an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

USC: The Trojans righted themselves in a big way after losing back-to-back games for the first time this season. They'll need help to claim the Pac-12 title. They have to beat UCLA this weekend and have Oregon lose to Oregon State to clinch the title by one game over the Ducks.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

The teams finally played at Galen Center after the game was scheduled four times. They were set to play in LA on Dec. 13, but got postponed because of COVID-19 issues with the Trojans. The game was rescheduled for Feb. 2, but it was switched to a road game at Stanford and the home date for USC was pushed back to Feb. 22. Instead, USC ended up hosting Oregon on that date.

UP NEXT

USC: Visits UCLA on Saturday. The Trojans won by 18 points last month.