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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Southern California jumped to a huge first-half lead and never looked back on Wednesday, as the Trojans hammered Stanford 79-42 in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Galen Center in Los Angeles.
The Cardinal ended its regular season with four straight losses and possibly played their way out of an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Oscar da Silva, Stanford’s top scorer, missed his third straight game with a lower extremity injury.
Tahj Eaddy and Drew Peterson led USC with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Evan Mobley was next with 10 points. Peterson had nine rebounds, six assists and two steals, Isaiah White had three steals, and Evan and Isaiah Mobley each had eight rebounds.
Eaddy shot 6 of 8 from the field. The Trojans (20-6 overall, 14-5 Pac-12) outrebounded Stanford 44-27.
No Cardinal player reached double-figures in scoring, as Spencer Jones and Brandon Angel each scored nine points to lead Stanford (14-12 overall, 10-10 Pac-12). Jaiden Delaire had seven rebounds and two steals.
USC opened the game with a 17-2 run that included 15 straight points. Meanwhile, the Cardinal went 9 minutes and 20 seconds without a field goal.
Things didn’t go much better for Stanford in the second half, as USC went on a 14-0 run out of the break, extending its lead to 50-19.
Earlier, the Cardinal lost to USC 72-66 on Feb. 3.
The Cardinal’s next action is the opening round of the Pac-12 postseason tournament in Las Vegas on March 10. Pairings have yet to be announced.