INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Mobley had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 6 seed Southern California archaic smothering defense to assemble a 72-56 victory over Drake on Saturday within the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Mobley, a 7-foot freshman ahead and AP 2d-team All-American anticipated to be a lottery expend if he announces for the draft, made 7 of 15 self-discipline dreams and blocked three pictures.
Evan’s older brother, sophomore ahead Isaiah Mobley, scored 15 points to make it a family affair for the Trojans.
“We both had extensive video games, I feel rep,” Evan Mobley stated. “Both quite gigantic numbers. We’re going to rep this expend, nonetheless we will’t dwell on it too long because we’ve got a host of video games coming up.”
Drew Peterson added 14 for USC (23-7), which developed to play No. 3 seed Kansas within the 2d round on Monday.
Joseph Yesufu scored 26 points for 11th-seeded Drake, nonetheless none of his teammates scored extra than six. The sophomore guard made 8 of 22 pictures within the sport while his teammates made simply 12 of 46.
Drake (26-5) opened the season with 18 straight wins. The Bulldogs claimed their first tournament expend in 50 years within the First Four on Thursday, nonetheless that further sport had an attain. Drake shot 29% general against USC, together with a wicked 19% within the 2d half.
“We indisputably got fatigued in that 2d half a bit bit, nonetheless I believed the fellows continued to fight, and we simply didn’t rep somewhat satisfactory to fetch aid into it,” Drake coach Darian DeVries stated.
Yesufu struggled rep his teammates within the 2d half — he made simply 2 of 10 pictures after the spoil. Evan Mobley used to be throughout USC’s zone for the final 10 minutes of the sport.
“We assumed he used to be going to be their major scorer, nonetheless we in actuality didn’t lock in on him the final possession (within the first half),” Evan Mobley stated. “After which 2d half used to be when we rep been pointing and talking, and letting our teammates know where he used to be at, so he couldn’t ranking as necessary.”
The game had loads of enjoyment nonetheless the fervour within the socially distanced crowd in most cases didn’t match the intensity on the court. Drake had the greater cheering part, nonetheless it indisputably used to be silenced within the 2d half as the Trojans pulled away. USC’s community of a few hundred followers stood and clapped for the team because it left the flooring after the sport.
Yesufu scored 14 points within the first 9 minutes to aid Drake rep even. USC led 40-37 on the spoil within the aid of 13 points and eight rebounds from Evan Mobley.
The Trojans held Drake to one self-discipline aim within the first six minutes of the 2d half to lift management. Evan Mobley scored in shut to push USC’s lead to 51-40.
Yesufu tried to withhold the Bulldogs in it. His 3-pointer cut USC’s lead to 57-50 and led the Trojans to name a timeout.
Peterson came out of the timeout with a 3-pointer for USC, then Tahj Eddy made a three to push the profit out to 13.
“I believed our guys showed loads of defensive toughness, especially within the 2d half to pull this expend out, and we’re gratified to lag on to the next round,” USC coach Andy Enfield stated.
Yesufu used to be averaging single digits this season earlier than closing on an eight-sport lag at some stage in which he averaged 23.6 points per contest. The sophomore guard scored 36 and 32 in two video games against Evansville and scored 21 within the First Four expend over Wichita Divulge.
Drake guard Garrett Sturtz completed with 5 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
“He left all of it available,” DeVries stated. “He used to be attempting to make every winning play he could well in that 2d half to withhold us in it.”
DeVries: “We don’t mind wearing the masks. We’d rep be pleased to rep extinct them for one other week right here if we will even rep. Nonetheless from our standpoint, we’re simply grateful that we came and got this likelihood to play.”
USC is 5-11 all-time against Kansas and has lost the past seven meetings with the Jayhawks in a skid that began in 1981. The groups rep met simply once within the NCAA Tournament, with Kansas beating USC 43-32 in 1940. USC’s final expend used to be an 89-83 further time victory in 1979, closing a hasten whereby the Trojans obtained 5 of six meetings.
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