The USC Trojans men’s basketball team continues to impress this season.
Senior guard Tahj Eaddy went six-for-11 from beyond the arc and finished with 24 points, while Drew Peterson chipped in with 15 to lead the Trojans to a 72-58 win over the Oregon Ducks.
USC (19-4 overall, 12-3 PAC-12) was in control from the opening tip, jumping out to a 15-0 lead just over five minutes into the game. Eaddy came out hot, connecting on his first three attempts from the 3-point line, scoring the Trojans’ first nine points.
MAKE THAT THREE!@2Teazy has 9 points.— USC Men's Basketball (@USC_Hoops) February 23, 2021
Oregon has zero. https://t.co/DUtV1Cp00N
Oregon had no answer for USC’s swarming defense, which forced the Ducks into taking several contested jumpers to start the game.
The Trojans allowed Oregon to cut into the early-lead, but then got back on track on the offensive end.
What a beauty @Nolomit_e drains a 3 to extend USC's big lead!— USC Men's Basketball (@USC_Hoops) February 23, 2021
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USC never allowed Oregon to get back within single digits and led 43-22 at the break. The Ducks couldn’t go on any sustained runs to pressure the Trojans, who should see their national ranking climb after beating a quality opponent.
Head coach Andy Enfield is hitting all the right notes this season. Even with star forward Evan Mobley being held to 11 points, the rest of the players stepped up to help USC completely dominate its Pac-12 rival.
The Trojans only have three games left on their schedule and appear to be on the verge of their first NCAA Tournament berth in four years.
Next up: USC hits the road for a matchup against Colorado on Thursday.