USC Defeats Boston College 78-62 to Go 5-0 at Home|
Dec. 08, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Julian Jacobs led five players in double figures with 16 points and Southern California pulled away over the final eight minutes to beat Boston College 78-62 Sunday, improving to 5-0 at home.
The Trojans (6-3) got 15 points from Nikola Jovanovic, 14 each from Roschon Prince and Pe'Shon Howard, and 12 from Byron Wesley in winning their second straight. Prince made all six of his free throws and Jovanovic hit all three of his as USC went 18 of 23 at the line.
Boston College (3-6) was led by Ryan Anderson with 13 points. KC Caudill and Joe Rahon added 11 points each. Olivier Hanlon, who came in averaging a team-high 20.9 points, was held to six after not starting for the first time this season.
The Eagles lost their second in a row, having lost to Purdue by 21 points in their previous game. They were held to season lows in points as well as field goal (37) and free throw (60) percentages.
USC led the entire second half after trailing by seven in the first 20 minutes. The Trojans built their largest lead, 64-52, on a basket by Omar Oraby with 4:40 to play.
They outscored BC 26-17 over the final 10:41, with Jacobs and Wesley dunking to end the game.
The Eagles got no closer than two points early in the second half; a three-point play by Caudill cut their deficit to four before Howard hit a 3-pointer in the Trojans' first game in eight days.
Jacobs dunked after Howard threw the ball off the backboard in a highlight play of the second half. USC dominated the boards, 44-27, and outscored BC 38-22 in the paint.
Trailing by seven points early, the Trojans twice tied the game before taking their first lead on a layup by Prince with 3:42 left. It was part of their 12-7 run that ended the first half with the game tied at 32-all.
Prince scored six of USC's 12 points, including a pair of free throws that gave them a four-point lead before the Eagles scored the final two baskets, one of which came on a goaltending call against Oraby.