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No. 5 USC Men's Basketball Rallies For Tense 81-71 Victory Over Oregon State

Jan 13, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Chevez Goodwin recorded a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double — including nine offensive boards — as No. 5 USC men's basketball rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat Oregon State, 81-71, Thursday night at Galen Center.

Drew Peterson finished with 17 and tallied his 1,000th career point at the beginning of the second half. Boogie Ellis added 14 and Isaiah Mobley scored seven of his 11 points in the second half.

It was a much-needed bounce-back win for the Trojans (14-1, 4-1 Pac-12), which suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday at Stanford. USC faced additional adversity in its return to Los Angeles and were forced to play the Beavers (3-12, 1-4 Pac-12) in front of a limited attendance consisting of players' families and guests.

Despite having no other fans, it was a tense atmosphere as noted by Goodwin and coach Andy Enfield in their postgame radio interviews. Both teams were assessed at least one technical foul and a flagrant foul by Oregon State motivated Goodwin's 14-point second half.

"It was an ugly game for us," said Mobley, a junior captain. "My team trusted me down the stretch. I was running on fumes. We've had to grind it out."

USC endured a 16-point first half from Oregon State guard Jarod Lucas and the Beavers shooting 57.7% in the opening period. Oregon State, which won the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament last season and also advanced to the Elite Eight, led the entire first half and led 42-37 at intermission.

"Everyone on Oregon State who shot the ball in the first half, the ball was going in," Enfield said. "Sometimes you have those nights when the opponent gets hot. They certainly were in the first half tonight."

The Trojans' deficit appeared even more bleak coming out of halftime after Oregon State went on a 7-0 run following Peterson's milestone jumper to take a 10-point lead, but USC found its rhythm while clamping the Beavers on defense.

Midway into the second half, USC broke out on a 20-5 stretch led by Goodwin that gave the Trojans a five-point lead. The Beavers regained the lead with Warith Alatishe's layup with 3:55 remaining, but the basket stood as Oregon State's final points of the game. Mobley converted a pair free throws and made two other baskets to seal the Trojan victory.

"We came together," Goodwin said. "They had the momentum, but we found a way to pull it out at the end. It was a team effort. My thing was to bring energy as much as I can."

USC pulled off the win despite finishing with its second-worst game from the field all season (41.5%). The Trojans held the Beavers to just 33.3% in the second half.

"When we were down double digits early in the second half, I was disappointed in our defensive effort and we didn't get back in transition," Enfield said. "We made some adjustments. The guys decided on their own that they were going to win."

USC concludes its homestand on Saturday against Oregon (8:00 p.m. PT, FS1) before embarking on the Rocky Mountain road trip next week.