LOS ANGELES: Evan Mobley scored 22 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, as Southern California beat UC Irvine 91-56 on Tuesday night.
Noah Bauman, moving to San Jose, added 18 points for Troy (4-1). Isaiah Mobley had nine points and six rebounds, giving the Mobley brothers 17 USCs 42 rebounds.
Last week’s PAC 12 student Evan Mobley did a little bit of everything. He had immersed a monster with one hand drawing a technique to celebrate. Minutes later, he bumped into a 3-pointer before making his third mistake. The famous Trojan recruiter flooded him early in the game and his older brother fed him with a triple pointer.
The Trojans 58-30 are offered in 3 other indicators by Evan Mobley, who followed his team-mate Tahj Eddy.
Anteaters (2-3) grabbed seven straight points from Austin Johnson and a basket from Andre Henry to close 58-41. But they did not come close.
Freshman Dawson Baker led Irvine with 17 points. Johnson added ten points and seven rebounds.
Not to be outdone, Isaiah Mobley had his own dip that kept the Trojans ahead by 23. He brought back the lovely little brother late in the match, and fed Isaiah with 3 in front of the Trojans seat.
The Trojans improved to 7-2 on record against Irvine in their first team meeting since 2012.
Ants kept close in the middle of the first half, five points behind after Baker’s 3-point pointer.
Then the Trojans took over.
They beat Irvine 16-2, including 11 straight points, to widen the gap to 33-14. Bowman decided the race by three shots. Chaves Goodwin scored five points and Evan Mobley scored three.
Bowman and Evan Mobley hit three-pointers in a row later in the first half, with Isaiah Mobley feeding his younger brother. The Trojans’ biggest advance came in the first half when they took a 46-21 lead.
The Big Picture
UC Irvine: The Anteaters won consecutive Big West titles last season for the first time. They’ll try to win three curds with the nation’s second-youngest team this season, with 13 lower-class men (including sophomore Geron Artest, son of retired NBA player Meta Sandiford-Artest) and just two senior players. Artest was goalless with three rebounds and four turns in 25 minutes.
USC: The Trojans start playing Buck 12 against Stanford at the Galen Center, where they won their last four times against the Cardinal. The two teams met only once last season, with Trojan teams winning by a score of 82-78 in overtime.
University of California, Irvine: Visit Loyola Marymount December 17th.
USC: Stanford host the opening game Sunday of Buck 12 for Trojans and the second of three consecutive home games.
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