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No. 24 USC Men's Basketball Cruises Past Dixie State, 98-71, In Balanced Team Effort

Nov 22, 2021

LOS ANGELES — Boogie Ellis had 19 points and Max Agbonkpolo scored a career-high 17 off the bench as No. 24 USC men's basketball cruised to a 98-71 win on Monday night.

The Trojans (4-0), fresh off a sweep of a two-game road trip at Temple and Florida Gulf Coast, played just their second home game at Galen Center of the season. It was also USC's second home wire-to-wire victory of the season.

It was a balanced game for USC filled with several other individual superlatives. Chevez Goodwin continued his strong start to the season with a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double. Reese Dixon-Waters scored a career-high nine points after the freshman guard scored just five points total during the 2021-22 season.

Five total Trojans scored in double-digits and 11 recorded points. The Trojans had season-highs in points, field goals, 3-pointers and rebounds.

The Trojans faced little danger throughout the game and opened the night with a 22-5 run powered by four 3-pointers and several highlight buckets from Ellis. USC used its early cushion to experiment with different lineups as 11 Trojans entered the game within the first 12 minutes.

After trailing 47-36 in the first half, Dixie State (1-4) tried to rally in the second half. The Trail Blazers made their first four buckets and trimmed USC's lead to nine points. The Trojans broke out with a 19-6 run to make the game all but over.

Cameron Gooden and Frank Staine each scored 17 points for Dixie State. USC held the Trail Blazers to just 31.6% from the field while scoring at a 52.8% rate.

USC will play in the Paycom Wooden Legacy at the Anaheim Convention Center on Thanksgiving weekend, beginning with a first-round matchup against Saint Joseph's (2-2) on Thursday. The Trojans will face either Georgetown (2-1) or San Diego State (3-1) on Friday depending on the first-round results.

USC returns to the Galen Center on Dec. 1 to play its first conference game against Utah.