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No. 16 USC Men's Basketball Outlasts Colorado In Gritty 61-58 Win In Boulder

Jan 20, 2022

Chevez Goodwin scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to help USC men's basketball defeat Colorado in a heavily contested game, 61-58, on Thursday night in Boulder, Colo.

Goodwin recorded all 14 of his points in the first half after an 0-11 start from the field. Isaiah Mobley had 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks while Boogie Ellis and Max Agbonkpolo each scored 11.

It was a much-needed road win for the Trojans (15-2, 5-2 Pac-12) after USC dropped two of three contests last week. The Trojans snapped a seven-game losing streak in their series against the Buffaloes (12-5, 4-3 Pac-12), who USC last defeated on Feb. 21, 2018

The game saw 13 lead changes and was plagued by fouls and poor shooting. Both teams combined for 38 fouls and collectively shot 34.5% from the field — the worst game from the field of the season for both teams. Foul trouble hampered several players on each side, including Goodwin and Ellis.

After a slow start, the Trojans broke out on a 9-0 run led by Mobley midway into the first half. USC appeared to be in control of the opening period, but Colorado converted six free throws in the final 3:16 of the first half that tied the game at halftime.

The Trojans made another attempt to control the game with another 7-0 run early in the second half. The Buffaloes woke up after Nique Clifford had a thunderous dunk to end USC's run and went on a 13-2 stretch to regain the lead. Colorado's 3-pointer at the 8:18 mark in the second half was the last field goal the Buffaloes made the remainder of the game aside from an inconsequential layup in the final second.

USC tied the game at 50 with a dunk from Mobley, and key layups from Ellis and Goodwin gave the Trojans a 57-54 advantage and prompted Colorado to foul in the final 1:39.

Despite two missed Trojan free throws, Drew Peterson nabbed a steal with seven seconds left that sealed the win for the Trojans.

Jabari Walker had a team-high 13 points for Colorado.

The Trojans conclude their Rocky Mountain road trip at Utah on Saturday before hosting a three-game homestand against Arizona State on Monday, Stanford on Jan. 27 and California on Jan. 29.