USC men’s basketball No. 19 earns 58-53 win at Arizona State behind Boogie Ellis, Isaiah Mobley

boogie ellis scored a game-high 21 points — seven in the final 45 seconds of the game — as No. 19 USC men’s basketball rallied late to beat Arizona State, 58-53 in Tempe on Thursday night.

Isaiah Mobley had 12 points — including two clutch buckets that kept the Trojans (19-3, 9-3 Pac-12) in the game during critical time — and grabbed nine rebounds.

Drew Peterson had a career-best 12 rebounds for the Trojans, who grabbed a season-high 58 rebounds, compared to 39 for the Sun Devils. USC’s 20 offensive rebounds were also a season high.

The Trojans swept their season streak over Arizona State (6-13, 2-7 Pac-12) after USC won the first meeting Jan. 24 at the Galen Center, 78-56.

The Trojans survived despite a season at 30% from the field. Arizona State’s defense troubled USC all night and blocked 11 of the Trojans’ shots.

Contrary to recent trends, USC started the game on a blistering 14-2 run highlighted by two 3-pointers from Ellis.

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The Trojans immediately hit a wall after their blistering start, going into a six-minute drought and missing 18 of their last 21 halftime field goals as the Sun Devils trailed just two points to half-time.

The Trojans’ shooting problems continued into the second half. Arizona State took its first lead at 17:12 and then hit USC with a 9-1 run. Jalen Graham made a layup that gave the Sun Devils their biggest lead at eight points with 11:16 to go.

USC quickly roared on a 10-2 run, with Max Agbonkpolo 3-point wing tying the game with 6:03 to go.

The Trojans struggled to regain the lead again until 2:06 when Mobley hit a 3-pointer to give USC a one-point advantage. Arizona State regained the upper hand with the game and one from Jalen Graham, but Mobley tied the game again with a disputed layup with 58.6 seconds left.

USC switched to zone defense in the final minute, disrupting the Sun Devils’ next two possessions and leading Ellis to make three of four free throw attempts. Ellis made two more foul shots after Kimani Lawrence made a layup for Arizona State, and Ellis closed the game with a fastbreak dunk in the final second of the game.

Graham finished with a career-high 14 points for the Sun Devils.

USC’s next two games are the toughest part of the season for the Trojans. The Trojans travel to Tucson on Saturday to take on No. 7 Arizona — which beat No. 3 UCLA on Thursday — before returning to the Galen Center on Feb. 12 to host rival Bruins.

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