USC uses balanced effort to defeat Mount St. Mary’s – Orange County Register

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USC uses balanced effort to defeat Mount St. Mary's - Orange County Register
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LOS ANGELES — Boogie Ellis hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, Drew Peterson added 15 points, eight rebounds and a career-high 12 assists and Joshua Morgan had a career-best game as the USC beat Mount St. Mary’s, 83-74, Friday night at the Galen Center.

Morgan was 6 for 7 from the field and finished with career highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds. The 6-foot-11 junior added four blocked shots for the Trojans (3-1) and has 15 this season.

Peterson sat on a layup from Ellis to close an 8-0 run that made it 59-44 with 9:20 to go and the Trojans trailed by double digits until a run of 10-0 by Mount St. Mary’s cut their deficit to 75-68 with 2:43 remaining but the Mountaineers didn’t close.

USC took the lead for good at 24-22 on Morgan’s dunk with 6:18 left in the first half, and Peterson assisted layups from Morgan and Tre White, then a 3-pointer from Ellis before his jumper capped an 11-2 run. and gave the Trojans a 45-34 lead early in the second period.

White finished with 10 points.

Dakota Leffew scored 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting (4-for-5 3-pointers), with four interceptions for Mount St. Mary’s (1-3). Malik Jefferson was 8 for 9 from the field and finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Jalen Benjamin added 17 points and seven assists.

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