(East Los Angeles, CA), March 30, 2021 [From The Editor’s Desk]: This West Region “Sweet Sixteen” match-up featured PAC-12 teams, the #6 seed USC Trojans taking on the #7 seed, Oregon Ducks. Their February PAC-12 game resulted in an easy win for the Men of Troy, and Head Coach Andy Enfield, certainly had no other plan than to complete a sweep and then propel his highly talented team into the “Elite Eight” bracket set for this evening at 4:15 pm (PDT)
(Brief Game Summary): Coming into the game, one of the potential tagline featured the combo match-ups of the outstanding Oregon 6-6 Senior point guard, Chris Duarte, (native of the Dominican Republic) and 6-6 Senior small forward, L.J. Figueroa, (also from the Dominican Republic) going against the “Twin Towers,” the Mobley Brothers, Isaiah and Evan. After all, the Ducks captured the PAC-12 title and from some analysts’ perspectives, could the perimeter guards overcome the height and skills of SC’s front-line. It was doubtful, but there was always hope, especially here in March Madness where anything can happen.
The Trojans, now (25-7), played with purpose and determination from the opening jump ball. Their aggressiveness on defense also spurred them on as they capitalized on the turnovers they caused with made baskets. For the first 10 minutes, the teams were close in scoring with scoreboard showing a (15-13) lead for Oregon at the (11:40) mark. Then forward, Isaiah White went to work and started finding the range with his 3 point shot, as well as penetrations. Point Guard Tajh Eaddy also began to find his rhythm and began to score on open jumpers. Throw in the Mobleys taking care of their ultimate rim protecting business, and by half the score had surged to (41-26) in favor of the Trojans.
In the second half, the Trojans just kept up the offensive pressure along with good, solid defense until the game was well in-hand. Off-guard, Drew Peterson, contributed in his usual steady fashion and found scoring opportunities at the right times to keep the Trojans in the double digit lead. White and Eaddy also kept adding to their totals and finished with (22) and (20) respectively. The play of the game was a posterizing dunk by Evan Mobley when he received a pass near the right elbow of the key, took one dribble, and thundered a two-handed dunk while the Oregon defender attempted to block his attempt. That was not going to happen! The emphatic and aggressive dunk sealed the deal for the Trojans. For the game, the Men of Troy posted up the following dominant stat-lines on shooting percentages, FG/31-54 for 57.4%; 3 Pt FGAs (10-17) for 58.8%, and Free Throw Attempts, (10-12) for 83.3%.
(FINAL SCORE): USC 82 Oregon 68
(Trojan Game Stat-Line): Isaiah White/22 pts/5 reb/1 asst/3 stl/32 min; Tajh Eaddy/20 pts/2 asst/3 stl/34 min; Evan Mobley/8 pts/6 reb/2 blk/36 min; Isaiah Mobley/13 pts/6 reb/2 reb/1 stl/1 blk/35 min; Drew Peterson/6 pts/3 reb/2 asst/1 stl/26 min; Max Agbonkpolo/9 pts/2 reb/10 min.
(Oregon Stat-Line): Eugene Omoruyi/Forward/28 pts/2 asst/2 stl/2 blk/35 min; Chris Duarte/21 pts/5 reb/6 asst/3 stl/1 blk/39 min; LJ Figueroa/4 pts/4 reb/1 asst.
(Next Up): #1 Seed, Gonzaga Bulldogs, (29-0), at 4:15 pm (PDT). Game will be carried on TV via TBS, and on Radio via the Westwood One Network. Check your local radio listings for all pre-game and game times.
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