Evan Mobley and Drew Peterson lead USC to dominant win over BYU

Southern California's Evan Mobley, left, shoots over BYU's Kolby Lee in the first half.
USC’s Evan Mobley, left, shoots over Brigham Young’s Kolby Lee during the first half of the Trojans’ 79-53 victory on Tuesday.
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Drew Peterson scored 19 points, brothers Evan Mobley and Isaiah Mobley each had a double-double, and USC beat Brigham Young 79-53 on Tuesday in the first game of the Roman Legends Classic.

USC trailed 18-17 before scoring 14 of the next 16 points, including a 10-0 run to close the half, for a 31-20 lead. Peterson, a Rice transfer, scored 13 points in the half. BYU made just one of its final 19 shots of the half and finished 9 of 37 (24.3%), including 2 of 16 from 3-point range.

Peterson made two 3-pointers in the opening six minutes of the second half, during an 18-5 run, as USC built a 24-point lead.


Freshman forward Evan Mobley had 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double and Isaiah Mobley added 11 points and 11 boards for USC (3-0). Tahj Eaddy, a grad transfer from Southeast Missouri State, chipped in with 16 points.

USC's Drew Peterson looks to pass between BYU's Matt Haarms and Brandon Averette.
USC’s Drew Peterson, center, looks to pass between BYU’s Matt Haarms, left, and Brandon Averette during the first half Tuesday.
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Peterson was 7 of 10 from the field, Evan Mobley 8 of 12 and USC shot 53.3%. BYU finished 19-of-69 shooting for 27.5%. The Trojans outrebounded BYU 50-35 and held a 19-0 advantage in second-chance points.

Senior transfer Matt Haarms and Gideon George each scored 11 points for BYU (3-1), which lost five of its top-seven scoring leaders from a 24-8 team last season.