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Isaiah Mobley leads USC to victory over San Diego State

USC forward Isaiah Mobley steals a pass by San Diego State guard Lamont Butler.
USC forward Isaiah Mobley steals a pass by San Diego State guard Lamont Butler during the first half Friday night at the Wooden Legacy tournament in Anaheim.
(Alex Gallardo / Associated Press)

Isaiah Mobley scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds and No. 24 USC’s stifling defense earned it a 58-43 victory over San Diego State on Friday night in the title game of the Paycom Wooden Legacy.

Drew Peterson scored 16 points and Chevez Goodwin added 10 as the Trojans improved to 6-0. They held the Aztecs to 32.1% shooting and just 15 points in the first half.

Trey Pulliam scored 11 points, while Lamont Butler and Aguek Arop each had nine for San Diego State (4-2), which was held to its lowest-scoring opening half since 14 points against Air Force on Jan. 12, 2019.

The Aztecs had just one first-half assist on six made baskets, and seven total assists in the game. San Diego State also lost the rebounding battle, with USC pulling down 49 to SDSU’s 33.

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Both teams struggled to score before halftime, but the Trojans finally went on an 8-0 run to lead 22-15 at the break. San Diego State shot just 23.1% from the field in the first half, while USC shot 33.3%.

The Trojans started the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 32-17 lead with 15:56 remaining after a turnaround jumper from Peterson. The Aztecs didn’t reach the 20-point mark until a 3-pointer by Aguek Arop with 15:03 to play.

Boogie Ellis, who entered leading USC in scoring at 17.0 points per game, was held to just two points on 1-of-6 shooting.

The 6-0 start is the Trojans’ best since the 2017-18 team opened the season 14-0 and eventually advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after winning in the play-in round.


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