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No. 17 USC Men's Basketball Beats Washington State On Boogie Ellis' Game-Winner, 62-60

Feb 20, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Boogie Ellis scored a game-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting and made the go-ahead jumper with 0.2 seconds left in the game to seal No. 17 USC men's basketball's 62-60 win over Washington State at home on Sunday evening.

Ellis received the inbound on the Trojans' final possession with 20.3 seconds remaining and dribbled out most of the clock before driving to the free-throw line to pull up for the game-winning shot.

"We rely on our hard work," said Ellis, the junior guard transfer from Memphis. "We get to those moments, we've worked hard to be in those environments and
hit those shots. Coach called a timeout and drew up that play."

Drew Peterson had 17 points and was 3-of-5 from the 3-point line. Max Agbonkpolo had 10 points, including a clutch, game-tying 3-pointer with 2:15 left in the game.

The win extends the Trojans' four-game winning streak. USC (23-4, 12-4 Pac-12) has won five of its last six games and remains in second place in the Pac-12 standings.

USC survived despite Washington State (14-12, 7-8 Pac-12) making a season-high 15 3-pointers on 31 attempts. The Cougars made just five other shots from inside the arc and finished 31.4% from the field.

"It's really tough when they (the other team) is hot like that," Agbonkpolo said. "It was just one of those nights."

The Trojans also had issues keeping the Cougars off the boards, conceding 16 offensive rebounds. Like USC's Dec. 4 win in Pullman, the Trojans struggled against the Cougars' tenacious defense and gave up 14 turnovers.

Ellis gave the Trojans an early boost with a rare four-point play after being fouled on a made 3-pointer. A trey from Peterson and Mobley's and-one powered a 14-3 run that gave USC a double-digit lead.

The Trojans did not capitalize on their early run and a three-minute scoring drought erased the lead at the 10:13 mark. USC conceded three Washington State 3-pointers in the final 3:14 that gave the Cougars a 32-28 halftime advantage.

"We were dribbling too much," said USC coach Andy Enfield. "They doubled the post. We didn't cut, we didn't run with pace and we
were stagnant. We need to do a better job. Our defense needs to carry us when we have stretches like
that on offense."

Both teams closely contested the first four minutes of the second half until Washington State broke away with an 11-1 run that featured three 3-pointers, putting the Cougars up eight.

USC came back with an 8-2 run and tied the game at 57 with 4:18 remaining. Washington State answered with a free throw and a jumper, but Agbonkpolo knotted the game up again with his crucial 3-pointer.

The Cougars missed five of their final six shots of the game. USC called timeout following Goodwin's rebound on Washington State's final shot attempt to set up Ellis' game-winner.

Tyrell Roberts had a team-high 16 points for Washington State, which is on a five-game losing streak.

The Trojans embark on the Oregon road trip to face Oregon State on Thursday (8:00 p.m. PT/ESPN2) and Oregon on Saturday (7:00 p.m. PT/ESPN or ESPN2).

USC returns home on March 1 to play its home finale against No. 3 Arizona (8:00 p.m. PT/ESPN or ESPN2).

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SENIOR SALUTE

USC honored seniors Goodwin, Reggie Parris, Amar Ross and Isaiah White in a pregame ceremony.

All four departing players transferred to USC prior to the 2020-21 season.

Former USC star and current Atlanta Hawks forward-center Onyeka Okongwu also made his first return to the Galen Center since declaring for the NBA Draft following the 2019-20 season. USC also welcomed back Chimezie Metu and De'Anthony Melton on Thursday's game against Washington amid NBA All-Star Weekend.