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.
USC travels to the Bahamas to face BYU on Wednesday at Battle 4 Atlantis.
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