Drew Peterson and Boogie Ellis power USC to victory over Arizona State

USC guard Drew Peterson acknowledges a teammate after scoring during the second half of the Trojans' 77-69 victory.
USC guard Drew Peterson acknowledges a teammate after scoring during the second half of the Trojans’ 77-69 victory Saturday over Arizona State. Peterson finished with 19 points.
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Drew Peterson scored 19 points, Boogie Ellis added 18 and USC cruised to a 77-69 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night.

Peterson sank seven of 11 shots with three three-pointers for the Trojans (14-6, 6-3 Pac-12). He added eight rebounds and four assists. Ellis hit four three-pointers, grabbed six boards and handed out four assists. Tre White contributed 12 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Vincent Iwuchukwu had 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.

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Warren Washington tallied 21 points and eight rebounds to pace the Sun Devils (15-5, 6-3). Desmond Cambridge Jr. scored 17 but made just three of 11 from three-point range.


USC used a balanced scoring attack — getting nine points from Ellis and eight each from Kobe Johnson, White and Iwuchukwu — to take a 43-33 lead at halftime.

Peterson, who scored 15 of his 19 points after the break, sandwiched a three-pointer between two Ellis baskets as the Trojans scored the first seven points of the second half and were never threatened. An Ellis dunk gave USC its biggest lead 77-53 with 4:35 left to play.

USC beat Arizona State for the sixth straight time. The Trojans are now 10-0 when their tip-off time is 7 p.m. PST or later.

Arizona State has lost two straight after a four-game win streak.

The Trojans, who hold opponents to 38.5% shooting — 10th best in the nation — held ASU to exactly that (25 of 65).

Drew Peterson scored 15 points and Boogie Ellis added 11, but USC struggled from the start to keep up with No. 11 Arizona in the 81-66 loss on Thursday.

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