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No. 17 USC beats Arizona State 89-71 behind Mobley brothers

LOS ANGELES - Evan and Isaiah Mobley proved a two-man wrecking crew for Southern California, scoring nearly half the Trojans' points.

Evan Mobley had 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and older brother Isaiah added 20 points and 12 rebounds in 17th-ranked USC's 89-71 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday that kept the Trojans atop the Pac-12.

“Anytime you have those type of numbers, it doesn’t bode well for your chances,” ASU coach Bobby Hurley said.

The Mobleys combined for four blocked shots and three steals, too. They each made nine shots from the field, with Isaiah taking four more than Evan's 11 attempts.

“We had a feel for each other, great chemistry,” Evan Mobley said. “It was great to see him do well.”

Tahj Eaddy added 18 points for the Trojans, who improved to 18-3 to start a season for the first time since 1973-74. They’re 12-2 in the league and have won 13 of 14 overall.

Pac-12 scoring leader Remy Martin scored 30 points – three off his career high – for Arizona State (7-10, 4-7). Kimani Lawrence added 12 points and Jalen Graham had 10 before fouling out.

“Remy played like an all-league player,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “He was hot and it’s very hard to guard him one-on-one because when he’s making his step-back shots he’s very quick with the ball. We thought we could challenge everyone else’s shots.”

The Sun Devils were held to a pair of free throws over the game's final six minutes. Martin scored 15 points in the first half, and the Sun Devils trailed 46-44 at the break.

The Trojans made 17 of 21 shots to open the game, highlighted by a pair of 7-0 runs.


Arizona State: The short-handed Sun Devils hung with USC in the first half but couldn't overcome the Mobley brothers' power, their own foul trouble and the absence of highly touted recruits Josh Christopher (back) and Marcus Bagley (back). The previous 11 meetings between the teams were decided by 10 points or less.

USC: The Trojans swept the Sun Devils for the first time since 2011 and haven't lost in a month. After the program was halted by a COVID-19-related shutdown in December, USC has been getting contributions up and down the lineup.


Arizona State: Visits UCLA on Saturday.

USC: Hosts Arizona on Saturday.

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