Chevez Goodwin helps USC weather Temple comeback in 76-71 victory
Leading 55-32 with about 17 minutes left, USC went without a field goal over nearly eight minutes as Temple cut the score to 58-54 while Khalif Battle scored 11 points, nine via the three-pointer. Isaiah Mobley finally got USC a three-pointer with 9:25 left and the Trojans clung to their lead.
Dave Aranda honed his defensive schemes and team-first philosophy at Redlands High, never losing focus on learning. His success could lead him to USC.
A three-pointer by Zach Hicks followed by a Battle free throw cut the lead to three with 9.9 seconds left but Peterson made two free throws to seal the outcome.
Battle, who had 22 points in a season-opening win over Maryland-Baltimore County, finished with 26 points and five three-pointers for Temple (1-1).
USC shot 59% in the first half to charge to a 19-point lead while Temple shot only 31% and was only one of 10 from the arc.
The Owls led over much of the opening nine minutes but Ethan Anderson hit a three-pointer to snap a tie and, after a Temple bucket, the Trojans went on a 13-0 run with five from White and four from Ellis. USC finished the final three minutes of the half on a 13-5 run, sparked by five points from Peterson, to lead 46-27 at the break.
USC fell off to 47% shooting for the game, but Temple shot only 38%. Neither team was sharp at the free-throw line, USC making 18 of 27 and the Owls 15 of 28. While Temple had a slight rebounding edge and 22 second-chance points to nine for the Trojans, USC dominated 42-20 in the paint.
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