A formidable game-opening surge gave Southern California a commanding benefit it by no means relinquished en path to a 76-62 win over Montana on Saturday in Los Angeles.
The Trojans (2-0) jumped on high 29-8 within the first 12 minutes. USC led by as many as 24 and no fewer than 13 factors after the early onslaught, using a mix of balanced scoring and dominance of the glass.
All 10 USC gamers who appeared scored at the least three factors, and none reached double figures till Drew Peterson received there with 6:02 left.
Peterson completed with 13 factors, Evan Mobley scored 11 factors and Isaiah White added 10 factors in simply 14 minutes of motion. USC additionally received 9 factors and 4 assists from Ethan Anderson.
Brandon Whitney led all scorers with 17 factors for Montana (0-1). Josh Bannan added 13 factors earlier than fouling out, and Kyle Owens had 11 factors with a team-high seven rebounds.
The Trojans’ balanced scoring was a byproduct of each environment friendly capturing — USC hit 50 % from the ground as a workforce — and ball motion. Seventeen of the Trojans’ 23 made subject objectives got here off assists, with six gamers dishing at the least two.
After boasting a plus-20 rebounding benefit in an time beyond regulation win over Cal Baptist on Wednesday, USC adopted it up with a 43-29 edge on Saturday. Isaiah Mobley led with the Trojans with 13 rebounds, and Chevez Goodwin grabbed seven rebounds to go along with eight factors.
A key distinction for the Trojans this time round, nonetheless, was their improved protection.
USC surrendered 20 made 3-pointers within the season opener. On Saturday, the Trojans restricted Montana to only 4-of-17 capturing from behind the 3-point arc and 33.9 % capturing from the ground total.
USC used its dimension to successfully clog the paint and contest photographs, notably near the rim. Montana large man Mike Steadman was restricted to seven factors on 3-of-8 capturing.
The Grizzlies outscored the Trojans 37-32 within the second half, however the lopsided begin was an excessive amount of to beat. USC led wire-to-wire.
–Area Degree Media