SEATTLE – Freshman phenom Evan Mobley scored 17 points, his sophomore brother Isaiah Mobley added 12 points and 12 rebounds and No. 20 Southern California rolled past Washington 69-54 on Thursday night.
Ranked for the first time since early in the 2017-18 season, the Trojans (16-3, 10-2 Pac-12) won for the 11th time in their past 12 games thanks to another stellar defensive performance and a dominant effort on the interior against the undersized Huskies.
The Trojans outscored Washington 25-7 during a 10-minute stretch spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half. USC closed the first half on an 18-4 run, turning a four-point deficit into a 10-point halftime lead, and pushed the lead to 48-34 in the opening minutes of the second half.
The Mobleys were at the heart of USC’s fifth consecutive win, but they got help from others. Chevez Goodwin had 11 points of the bench and Tahj Eaddy added 10.
USC outscored Washington 46-22 in the paint and held a 41-24 advantage in rebounds. The Trojans missed their first six 3-point attempts before Eaddy’s 3-pointer with 3:18 left pushed USC’s lead to 63-50. But the lack of perimeter shooting didn’t matter, thanks to dominance on the inside.
Quade Green led Washington (3-15, 2-11) with 16 points, and it was a much better performance than the meeting last month in Los Angeles when the Huskies suffered a 27-point loss.
But scoring was a problem all night for Washington. The Huskies became the sixth consecutive team held under 70 points by the Trojans. USC entered the night with the second-best scoring defense in the conference, allowing less than 64 points per game.
Jamal Bey added 10 points, but the Huskies had just eight made field goals and nine turnovers in the second half.
While the offense struggled, Washington’s defense was a little bit better against USC. The 69 points were the fewest allowed by the Huskies in their past 11 games.
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