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Chevez Goodwin's Season High Sparks No. 17 USC Men's Basketball In 79-69 Win Over Washington

Feb 17, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Chevez Goodwin finished with a season-high 24 points — including 16 in the first half — as No. 17 USC men's basketball defeated Washington, 79-69, at Galen Center on Thursday night.

The redshirt senior was 11-of-14 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds. Goodwin's 24 points was the most he scored as a Trojan after transferring from Wofford during the 2020 offseason.

Drew Peterson had 14 points with seven assists. Captain Isaiah Mobley, who missed the last two games due to a nose fracture, wore a protective mask and scored 12 with eight dimes in his return.

USC (22-4, 11-4 Pac-12) overcame Washington's signature zone defense by moving ball. The Trojans had a season-high 28 assists on 30 made field goals. They also shot 8-of-20 (40%) from the 3-point line while holding the Huskies (13-11, 8-6 Pac-12) to 36.7% from the field.

"The game plan was to share the basketball because their zone is very good," said USC head coach Andy Enfield. "Our guys did a great job. 28
assists is a lot. The unselfish play of our guys was very good. Overall, it was a pretty good offense."

Goodwin was active early during an otherwise stagnant start for the USC, scoring 10 of the Trojans' first 12 points all on dunks and layups.

The Huskies had a one-point lead at the 7:54 mark in the half, but other Trojans figured out Washington's zone and got hot. Boogie Ellis' 3-pointer sparked a 20-4 half-ending run that also featured key buckets from Peterson and Isaiah White. USC made its last six field goals to take a 17-point advantage at halftime.

"We had to share the ball, find open spots," Goodwin said. "We had to figure it out. Once we did, we were able to score."

USC went up by as much as 23 points after two consecutive 3-pointers from Reese Dixon-Waters at the 13:11 mark and held the edge for the rest of the game. The Huskies made multiple rally attempts — an 11-0 run midway into the period and a 7-0 stretch in the final minutes — but only cut the Trojan lead to 10 points at the final buzzer.

Terrell Brown Jr. had 23 points and Emmitt Matthews Jr. scored 20 for Washington.

The Trojans conclude their three-game homestand on Saturday against Washington State on Senior Day (4:30 p.m. PT/FS1). USC embarks on its Oregon next week before returning home to face No. 3 Arizona on March 1.