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USC Men’s Basketball Wins At Temple, 76-71, For Coach Andy Enfield’s 200th Career Victory

Nov 13, 2021

USC head coach Andy Enfield earned his 200th career victory in his home state of Pennsylvania on Saturday night as Trojans men's basketball defeated Temple on the road, 76-71.

During his postgame interview, Enfield — who also won his 159th game as USC's head coach (fourth most in school history) — called USC's two-game road trip "nostalgic" as he's also scheduled for a reunion with his previous employer at Florida Gulf Coast when the Trojans (2-0) visit the Eagles Tuesday.

It appeared Enfield's achievement would come off an easy win when the Trojans boasted a 23-point lead at the top of the second half, but USC had to endure late drama to hold on to the victory.

Temple (1-1) roared back for most of the second half, which saw the Owls go on a 10-0 run while the Trojans dealt with a seven-minute scoring drought. Temple nabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the final period gradually trimmed the lead to as low as three points with 9.9 seconds in the game, but Drew Peterson made two clutch free throws and the Trojans held off the Owls' final efforts.

Chevez Goodwin finished with a USC-high 19 points with eight rebounds. Isaiah White scored 11 with seven boards and Boogie Ellis contributed 11 points.

Khalif Battle scored a game-high 26-points for Temple, which defeated the Trojans in the first game of a home-and-home series in 2019 at the Galen Center.

It was a tale of two halves for USC, which shot 60% in the opening half compared to just 33.3% in the later period. Despite captain Isaiah Mobley entering foul trouble early, the Trojans used two separate 13-2 runs to go into halftime with a 46-27 advantage.

USC returns to the Galen Center on Nov. 22 to host Dixie State.