No. 25 USC beats Stanford 72-56|
Jan. 06, 2017
''Oregon got physical and we didn't play well,'' Metu said. ''But our young guys are starting to catch on how to play in the Pac-12. We knew they were going to come out physical tonight and we responded.''
Southern California (15-1, 2-1 Pac-12) rebounded from its first loss of the season at Oregon on Saturday by holding the Cardinal to 36 percent shooting, and 21 turnovers in a ragged affair.
''We're leading the Pac-12 in steals per game,'' Southern California coach Andy Enfield said. ''That pressure helps us a lot because we have to play a lot of lineups.''
McLaughlin's scoring is something Enfield wants to see from his point guard, who added six assists.
''We want him taking 6 to 9 shots a game,'' Enfield said. ''We need him to shoot the basketball, and be confident shooting it.''
De'Anthony Melton added 12 points for Southern California. The Trojans had 10 steals, 5 blocks, and scored 25 points off Stanford turnovers.
''Being 15-1 is great,'' Metu said. ''But we still have a long season ahead of us, and we have to take each of these games one at a time.''
Marcus Allen and Dorian Pickens scored 13 points each to lead Stanford (8-7, 0-3), which lost its third straight.
Leading 27-26 late in the first half, the Trojans ran off an 18-6 run, taking a 45-32 lead on a fast-break dunk by Elijah Stewart off a nice feed from McLaughlin. Stanford could get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Southern California's biggest lead was 68-48.
The Trojans led 36-28 at halftime thanks to McLaughlin's end-to-end driving layup at the buzzer. McLaughlin went 5 for 5 from the field in the first half, while the rest of the Trojans made just 6 of 19.
Southern California: The Trojans snapped a five-game losing streak against Stanford, and moved within two victories of .500 (123-125) all-time. The Trojans won their Pac-12 Conference home opener for the third straight year. ... Coach Andy Enfield recorded his 100th victory at USC.
Stanford: is at UCLA on Sunday.
Southern California: Hosts California on Sunday night.