USC wards off UC Riverside’s upset claim with 67-62 win in OT
LOS ANGELES (AP)– Evan Mobley scored 20 points with 11 rebounds and Isaiah Mobley scored 16 with 12 and Southern California left an upset quote by UC Riverside, beating the Highlanders 67-62 in overtime on Tuesday night.
Evan Mobley’s dunk with 4:05 left in the additional session provided the Trojans (9-2) the lead for excellent however they never developed safe range from the Highlanders (4-3).
Drew Peterson recorded back-to-back 3-point plays for the Trojans for a 61-56 lead with 2:35 left in overtime. Dominick Pickett came back with a 3 for UC Riverside 19 seconds later, however Evan Mobley sank a pair of complimentary throws, Peterson struck a jumper and the Trojans had adequate space to hang on.
Peterson scored 12 points and Tahj Eaddy 10.
The Highlanders went on a 16-0 run in the very first half and led 25-14 on Wil Tattersall’s 3-pointer with 7:56 before halftime.
UC Riverside led 32-27 at halftime. USC’s 52-47 lead in the second half with 3:10 left was the biggest lead for either group prior to overtime.
Pickett led UC Riverside with 16 points.
WHO TO THINK?
USC got in the game 5-0 all-time versus UC Riverside, winning the last conference 70-26 on Dec. 15, 2012. USC was required to vacate its 2008 victory versus the Highlanders due to NCAA penalty. However that’s according to the Trojans’ media guide.
The Highlanders’ media guide provides UC Riverside credit for wins against USC on Feb. 3, 1967 and Nov. 30, 1979 and puts the rivalry at 6-2 in favor of the Trojans.
UC Riverside: Faces Cal Poly on the road for back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday.
USC: Invites the Washington Huskies to town on Thursday.
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