Cardinal complete season sweep of Trojans 64-61

Stanford Cardinal players can’t contain themselves after defeating the USC Trojans as the Trojans Drew Peterson walks off the floor at Galen Center in Los Angeles on Thu Jan 27, 2022

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Stanford completed its first season sweep of No. 15-ranked Southern California in seven years on Thursday, as the Cardinal held on for a 64-61 victory in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Galen Center in Los Angeles.

The win also improved the Cardinal’s record against Quad 1 teams to 4-3.

Jaiden Delaire led the Cardinal (12-6 overall, 5-3 Pac-12) with 14 points, followed by Harrison Ingram with 12 and Spencer Jones with 10. James Keefe pulled down six rebounds, and Ingram had five assists.

USC (16-3, 6-3) was led in scoring by Drew Peterson with 14 points, with Boogie Ellis adding 11 points. Peterson and Isaiah Mobley each had seven rebounds, as the Trojans had a 27-26 rebounding edge.

The contest was tied at 50-all nearly midway through the second half. Reese Dixon-Waters sank a 22-foot 3-pointer to give the Trojans a 53-50 lead at 9:53. Brandon Angel’s layup on Stanford’s next possession pulled the Cardinal to within 53-52.

A Cardinal turnover led to a Chevez Goodwin basket at 8:44 that increased USC’s lead to 55-52. Harrison Ingram ended a three-minute Stanford scoring drought with a layup that cut the Cardinal’s deficit to 55-54.

Spencer Jones made a 7-foot jumper to put the Cardinal in front at 56-55 with 5:10 remaining, Two minutes later, James Keefe’s 10-foot jumper put Stanford up 58-55, and Angel followed with a hoop to extend the Cardinal lead to 60-55.

USC made it a three-point game at 1:41 with a jumper, and Peterson drained a 23-foot 3 to tie the game at 60-all with :56.8 to play, Ingram broke the tie with a layup with :33.6 to go, Mobley hit 1 of 2 free throws to pull the Trojans within 62-61 with :14.5 remaining.

Angel made a pair of free throws with :11.7 left to extend Stanford’s lead to 64-61. Mobley missed a long 3-point attempt as time expired.

Stanford shot 43 percent (23 of 54) from the field, including 9 of 21 3-pointers. The Cardinal also made 9 of 11 free throws. The Trojans shot 45 percent overall (22 of 49), also making 9 of 21 from behind the arc. USC was 8 of 10 at the line.

Stanford visits Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, when the Cardinal meet No. 7 UCLA.

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