LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Peterson scored 13 factors and Southern California defeated Montana 76-62 on Saturday evening, with the Trojans getting factors from all 10 of their gamers.
Peterson joined the Trojans (2-0) this season after transferring from Rice, the place he performed two years. Evan Mobley adopted up his 21-point, nine-rebound faculty debut on Wednesday with 11 factors and 6 rebounds. Isaiah White added 10 factors earlier than fouling out.
Freshman Brandon Whitney scored 17 factors — making 8 of 9 free throws — to steer the Grizzlies of their season opener. Fellow freshman Josh Bannan added 13 factors earlier than fouling out with 3:30 remaining. The Griz had seven gamers with at the very least three fouls every.
The Trojans opened the sport with 32-8 run, included spurts of 7-0, 7-0 and 9-0. Isaiah Mobley made 3 of 4 free throws to cap the general run and provides USC its largest lead of the sport.
“It simply exhibits the beginning of the sport could be very essential,” Peterson mentioned of the Trojans’ massive lead. “It exhibits the extent of expertise we now have on the market. Our expertise can take us to ranges that may win us a Pac-12 championship and we all know that.”
From there, the Griz outscored USC 17-12 to path 44-25 at halftime.
The Trojans shot 71% from the ground within the first half, managed the boards 19-6 and owned a 22-12 edge within the paint. The Griz had been restricted to 9-of-27 taking pictures from the ground.
Montana outscored USC 37-32 within the second half, however by no means obtained its deficit underneath double-digits.
The Trojans made simply three subject objectives over the sport’s closing 10 1/2 minutes, once they had been 12 of 20 from the free-throw line.
“The second half was very uneven,” USC coach Andy Enfield mentioned. “It wasn’t the great move we had within the first half.”
Montana is difficult itself to start out the season. The Griz have upcoming journeys to Georgia and Pac-12 colleges Washington and Arizona earlier than Christmas. They completed third within the Massive Sky final season after successful the league title the earlier two seasons.
With COVID-19 surging nationwide, the Trojans journey to the East Coast to play two video games subsequent week. The journey will probably be an early season take a look at on a impartial court docket in addition to the staff’s means to stay freed from the coronavirus that has already induced video games to be canceled. It’s their solely journey outdoors the Pac-12 this season.
HITTING THE ROAD
The Trojans depart Sunday on a constitution flight to their video games in Connecticut. They’ll bus on to their resort and get examined for COVID-19, one thing they do every day at dwelling. “It’ll be very strict the place we will and might’t go,” Enfield mentioned. “We’re hoping that it needs to be a very simple transition and do much more of a bubble as soon as we get there.”
Montana: Visits Southern Utah for back-to-back video games on Thursday and Saturday, a part of six straight highway video games to start out the season.
USC: Travels to the Mohegan Solar On line casino in Connecticut for video games towards BYU on Tuesday and both UConn or Vanderbilt on Thursday as a part of Bubbleville.
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