USC remains unbeaten with victory over Cal – San Bernardino Sun

BERKELEY – Isaiah Mobley had 19 points and nine rebounds and caused a late surge to help USC hold an undefeated 7th place when the Trojans held Cal, 77-63, on Thursday night.

Playing for the first time in nearly three weeks after three games were postponed or canceled due to COVID issues, USC (13-0, 3-0 Pac-12) withdrew with a pair of big runs in the second half to stretch best achievement. starting since winning the first 14 games in 2017.

The Trojans remained mostly isolated during their delay and only had some practice together before resuming their schedule.

“The guys are just trying to be as ready as possible during the quarantine,” Mobley said. “There’s not much we can do but a lot of people are watching movies, trying to fix things they can. Of course we had a bit of a split, but we almost came together and we started to catch the flow that everyone was aggressive, everyone showed. “

Rust showed early on Cal, but USC coach Andy Enfield found nothing else to complain about.

“I was worried about our attack tempo but we figured it out pretty quickly,” said Enfield. “Once we started defending at a higher level, we took the lead. Our defense in the second half was outstanding.”

Mobley, who opened the game with a thunderous one-handed pitch, made some clutch jumps and repeatedly hit Cal’s defense in the paint. Drew Peterson scored a season-high 17 points for the Trojans, and Boogie Ellis added 14 points and 4 rebounds.

Grant Anticevich had 19 points for Cal (9-6, 2-2), and Jordan Shepherd added 17. The Golden Bears lost despite becoming the first team to shoot 40% better against the Trojans.

Cal coach Mark Fox said: “We didn’t play well enough to beat a top 10 team tonight. “We didn’t bounce the ball back in the first half and then in the second half we didn’t press enough stops to show our resilience. They’ve worn us down on the interior and that’s more disappointing than surprising.”

Mobley scored 12 points in the first half and led 36-31 in the first half, but USC couldn’t shake the Bears until the second half.

Ellis scored on a steering wheel in part of the 10-4 run to open the second half and give the Trojans a 46-38 lead. After Cal closed 54-50 thanks to Anticevich’s basic jump, Mobley relayed from the key then hit a 3 pointer to trigger the 16-5 spike.

“The coach told me to always be aggressive, to choose my timing but to always be aggressive,” Mobley said. “Once we got the flow, my teammates believed in me and they put me in the right position to score.”


USC: A slow start can be erased by a lengthy layoff, because once the Trojans find their rhythm, they look good. Mobley continued to foul and Peterson made a big hit, connecting with a late 3-pointer to help send the game away. USC is taking a break once again due to its opponent’s COVID-19, but this break is likely not to be as long as the last.

Cal: The Golden Bears have won their last nine home games and had a pretty good run against a clearly superior ranked team. Fox’s team needs to work on the boards, but the show is looking, in general.


USC was scheduled to play at Stanford on Saturday, but that game was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 incident on Cardinal’s program. There’s a chance the game could be rescheduled for Tuesday, which would force USC to play three games in a week. … Cal faces UCLA No. 5 on Saturday at the Haas Pavilion, the first time since 1975 that the Bears face two Top 10 teams in the same week. USC remains unbeaten with victory over Cal – San Bernardino Sun

Huynh Nguyen

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