USC men’s basketball leads Dixie State at halftime

Isaiah Mobley leads the Trojans with 11 points at the break.

A photo of USC junior guard Boogie Ellis attempting a shot in a white uniform with a Dixie State defender loosely contesting.

USC men’s basketball jumped out to an early lead over visiting Dixie State Monday night at Galen Center, but the Trailblazers fought back to enter halftime down just 11 points.

The Trojans shot at a 59% clip through the first 20 minutes of play, including 38% from 3-point territory. Meanwhile, USC held the Trailblazers to marks of 37% and 29%, respectively.

As USC’s early lead grew, once as large as 19 points, head coach Andy Enfield relied more heavily on his bench. Freshman guard Reese Dixon-Waters answered Enfield’s call with eight points on 3-for-4 shooting in just six minutes of play.

It was a tale of two quarters for USC: The Trojans surrendered just 10 points in the opening 10 minutes, followed by 26 to close out the period. Dixie State outscored the Trojans 12-7 in the final three-and-a-half minutes of play.

Junior forward Isaiah Mobley leads the Trojans’ scoring attack with 11 points, cashing in on five of his seven attempts in the opening 20 minutes. Redshirt senior forward Chevez Goodwin pulled down a team-leading six rebounds, part of a 23-15 advantage on the glass for USC.