Johnson punctuates USC comeback as Trojans down Oregon State

Sun, Dec 4, 2022

Johnson punctuates USC comeback as Trojans down Oregon State

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Johnson scored 17 points shooting 7 for 10 and USC's methodical second-half comeback led to a 63-62 win on Sunday night over Oregon State.

Dzmitry Ryuny's 3-pointer early in the second half gave the Beavers their last double-digit lead of the night at 37-27. The Trojans (6-3, 2-0 Pac-12) then started their persistent climb back when down 53-50 with less than three minutes to go, Johnson made a layup and a 3 in a 17-second stretch and USC held on.

Jordan Pope's 3 with three seconds left brought Oregon State (4-5, 1-1) to 63-62. Dexter Akanno fouled the Trojans' Jordan Morgan who missed both foul shots but Oregon State failed to get off a shot.

Johnson's 5-0 outburst marked USC's first lead since Morgan's jumper with 7:19 before intermission put the Trojans up 14-13.

Backup Glenn Taylor Jr's. 3 with 6:24 before halftime broke a 15-all tie and started an 11-0 run for Oregon State over the next minute-and-a-half. The Beavers went to halftime shooting 14 for 25 including making half of all 12 3 attempts. USC was 1 for 6 from beyond the arc before intermission.

Morgan scored 15 points and Drew Peterson 10 for USC. Morgan entered second in the country with 29-blocked shots and smacked three more against Oregon State. The Trojans didn't help themselves offensively going 4 for 16 from 3-point range and 13 for 21 from the foul line.

  • Akanno scored 17 points for Oregon State, Pope 11 and Taylor 11.

    USC has won 11 of its last 14 games against the Beavers. USC leads the all-time series 78-66 (USC vacated two wins due to NCAA penalty).


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