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Isaiah Mobley's Career Night Lifts No. 16 USC Men's Basketball Past Eastern Kentucky, 80-68

Dec 7, 2021

LOS ANGELES — Isaiah Mobley had career highs in points (23) and 3-pointers (5) as No. 16 USC men's basketball remained perfect Tuesday night with an 80-68 win over Eastern Kentucky.

Mobley reached his milestones while scoring efficiently, shooting 5-of-6 from the perimeter and 8-of-10 overall. He also tied his career-high in rebounds (13) to complete his double-double and dished five assists.

Drew Peterson had 15 points and six rebounds, Chevez Goodwin scored 14 and grabbed seven boards and Max Agbonkpolo finished with 12 points and five assists.

USC also had a season-high nine dunks against Eastern Kentucky. Joshua Morgan scored all eight of his points off dunks.

The Trojans (9-0, 2-0 Pac-12) are one of 12 remaining undefeated teams in the nation.

USC continued its defensive prowess by limiting Eastern Kentucky (5-5) to 32.4% shooting despite conceding 43 points in the second half. The Trojans have held all nine of their opponents this season under 40% shooting.

The Trojans had a slow start from the field to the game but jumped ahead with a 12-0 run sparked by Mobley's 3-pointer to pull away.

USC ended the first half with an exciting sequence that saw three consecutive dunks — two from Morgan and am alley-oop by Peterson — to take a 16-point lead into the intermission.

The Trojans cruised throughout the second half, but Eastern Kentucky made a final push in the game's final five minutes, going on a 11-0 run and cutting the lead to 10 points with 1:45 remaining. Goodwin's two layups and a dunk from Agbonkpolo made the result final.

Braxton Berverly had 16 points for the Colonels.


Grad student Isaiah White did not play Tuesday night due to academic reasons.

USC coach Andy Enfield said in his postgame radio interview that White has been preparing all week for final exams and group projects in his graduate program and needed time to focus.


The Trojans continue their three-game homestand with a Sunday matinee against Long Beach State and a Dec. 15 meeting against Long Beach State.