A strong second led USC to the win in their second meeting with Oregon State. After a close fought game in the first half, the Trojans pulled away thanks to some sharp three point shooting from Ethan Anderson. The loss snaps the Beavers recent hot streak, and Oregon State falls to 8-6 overall, and 4-4 in the conference.
The first half started with a series of battles under the rim between Warith Alatishe and Isaiah Mobley. After both players got into some early foul trouble, both teams shifted to a more three heavy approach. Jarod Lucas, Ethan Thompson and Gianni Hunt hit a few for the Beavers, and Noah Baumann added a few for the Trojans. Things remained tight for most of the half, but in the final minute a three from Tahj Eaddy and a dunk from Evan Mobley gave USC a narrow 30-27 lead.
USC stayed in front at the start of the second, but couldn’t quite pull away while the Beavers couldn’t quite catch up. That lasted until a USC run around the 12 minute mark, aided by turnovers and some solid offensive rebounding, finally got them into a double digit lead. OSU would try to mount a comeback, but the team’s shooting would go cold for minutes at a time. Ethan Thompson provided some fire, with a 16 point second half, but it wasn’t enough as USC hung on for the 75-62 win.
Thompson led the Beavers in scoring with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Jarod Lucas was right behind with 18 points and 2 rebounds. Warith Alatishe had a solid effort, though his minutes were limited, with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Up next, the Beavers will take on the Pac-12’s top team, UCLA, on Saturday, January 30th. The Bruins are 12-3, and 8-1 in conference play. It will be the first and only meeting between these two teams this season. Tip off is set for 4:00 PM PT at the Pauley Pavillion in Los Angeles. Check back for a full preview from Building the Dam.