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Boogie Ellis Dazzles In Debut; USC Men's Basketball Routs CSUN, 89-49, In Season Opener

Nov 9, 2021

LOS ANGELES — Boogie Ellis dazzled in his USC debut and Isaiah Mobley and Drew Peterson carried over last season's magic as the Trojans routed Cal State Northridge in Tuesday's season opener, 89-49.

Ellis, a junior transfer from Memphis, came off the bench and finished with a game-high 20 points on just 11 shots in his first game wearing cardinal and gold.

On a night that honored USC's Elite Eight run last year with a ring ceremony and banner unveiling, Mobley recorded 15 points and nine rebounds to begin his junior campaign. Peterson, another returning standout, finished with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

It was a wire-to-wire victory for the Trojans (1-0) once Mobley hit a 3-pointer to start the game and USC built its margin from there.

The Matadors (0-1) trimmed the Trojans' lead to four points at the 13:21 mark in the first half but USC's ensuing 26-2 run — capped off by Ellis' emphatic dunk — put the game out of reach.

The Trojans shot 56.3% from the field — while also holding CSUN to just 32.8% — and made 11 of 13 free throws, an early sign of improvement from last season's woes at the line.

Thirteen players checked into the game for USC, which also marked the debuts of Kobe Johnson (three points), Harrison Hornery (two points) and Malik Thomas.

Atin Wright and Darius Brown II each had a team-high 10 points for the Matadors.

The Trojans begin a two-game road trip following the game. They travel to Philadelphia on Saturday to face Temple then go to Andy Enfield's former team at Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 16.

USC will continue home play at Galen Center on Nov. 22 against Dixie State.