Elijah Stewart scored 17 points and Bennie Boatwright added 13 to lead USC to an 89-71 victory over Washington State, which has started Pac-12 play 0-2.
LOS ANGELES – Elijah Stewart scored 17 points and Bennie Boatwright added 13 to lead USC to an 89-71 victory over Washington State in a Pac-12 basketball game Sunday night.
After starting the season with six straight victories, WSU (8-6 overall, 0-2 Pac-12) has lost six of its last eight games. The Cougars have lost five straight to USC (10-5, 1-1).
Nick Rakocevic scored 12 points and had nine rebounds, Jonah Mathews added 11 points and Jordan Usher scored 10 for the Trojans. Jordan McLaughlin finished with 10 points and 11 assists.
Malachi Flynn led the Cougars with 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting and Carter Skaggs had 18.
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USC never trailed, went on an 11-0 run that gave it a 13-point lead fewer than six minutes in and held the Cougars scoreless for a span of five-plus minutes in the opening half. Stewart capped the surge by converting two free throws with 14:18 remaining and USC led 17-4.
“USC is a veteran team and they are going to make us play possession by possession,” Cougars coach Ernie Kent said. “You can’t duplicate that in practice. We just have to go through the experience.”
Chimezie Metu, USC’s leading scorer, was disqualified from the game after committing a flagrant foul against Skaggs with 5:43 left in the first half. Metu, averaging 18.6 points per game, left the game after scoring seven points and with USC leading 33-19.
WSU immediately went on an 11-0 run and cut its deficit to three points after a basket by Flynn with 2:56 to go in the half. But the Trojans countered with an 8-2 run to end the half.
Utah edges Beavers
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Justin Bibbins scored 18 points with four three-pointers and six assists as Utah held on late to beat Oregon State 66-64.
David Collette added 12 points for the Utes (10-3, 2-0 Pac-12), who benefited from a turnover by Oregon State (9-5, 1-1) with 1.4 seconds remaining.
Tres Tinkle had 14 points for the Beavers.
Ducks win at home
EUGENE, Ore. – Troy Brown scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Elijah Brown added 17 points to help lead Oregon to a 77-62 victory over Colorado.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Bogdan Bliznyuk went on a tear in the second half, scored 29 points on 12-for-18 shooting and Eastern Washington defeated North Dakota 77-64.
The Eagles (6-9, 1-1 Big Sky) led 42-26 at halftime but North Dakota (4-9, 0-2) cut their lead to 50-47.
Then came a Bliznyuk blitz. The graduate of Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way scored the next eight points in about two minutes, driving the lead back to 11 points and forcing a North Dakota timeout at 6:59. After the timeout, Bliznyuk scored six more before Cody Benzel launched a three-pointer that gave Eastern a 67-49 lead.