Southern California No. 16 survives Oregon St in double OT

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Southern California guard Drew Peterson is defended by Oregon State forward Glenn Taylor Jr. during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, the Thursday, February 24, 2022, in Corvallis, Oregon. Southern California won 94-91. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

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Drew Peterson had 24 points and 10 rebounds as No. 16 Southern California extended its winning streak to five games, beating Oregon State 94-91 in double overtime Thursday night.

Isaiah Mobley had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans (24-4, 13-4 Pac-12).

“They’ve had a few tough breaks this year, but they’re a really good basketball team, especially when they play like they did tonight,” USC coach Andy Enfield said of of Oregon State. “They showed a lot of heart. We were blessed with a double overtime win on the road.

Dashawn Davis scored 27 of his career-high 31 points in the second half and overtime for Oregon State (3-23, 1-15), which lost its 13th straight game. Jarod Lucas added 18 points.

“I was just playing my game, having fun,” said Davis, who missed a 3-pointer from the right corner with three seconds left in the second overtime.

He scored the Beavers’ final 19 points in regulation, converted a jumper down the hall, tying the game at 83-all with 19 seconds left in the first overtime. Dexter Akanno blocked Peterson’s potentially game-winning jumper, extending the game to a second OT.

Davis hit a 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 75 all.

“I was really proud that we didn’t back down,” Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. “They never doubted we were going to pull that one off.”

USC’s advantage at the foul line was key. Trojans were 21 out of 25 at the line. The Beavers went 12 of 22.

“We were a bit shorthanded (with Boogie Ellis and Isaiah White out) but our other guys came together and played really well,” Enfield said, adding he was proud of his team for their 24 wins in regular season.

Davis scored on a jumping and driving streak in his best game of the season that also included seven assists.

USC led an 11-0 run late in the first half to extend the lead to 38-27, but Oregon State finished the half strong. Lucas made a 3-pointer and Davis had a steal and a dunk, cutting the deficit to 40-33 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

USC: The Pac-12 regular-season title may be out of reach for the Trojans, but a five-game winning streak and solid play in the streak bodes well for playoff momentum. The Trojans are alone in second place in the Pac-12 following Oregon’s 68-63 victory Thursday over No. 12 UCLA.

Ellis, who scored 21 points and had the game-winning shot in the Trojans’ 62-60 win over Washington State last Sunday, did not play due to an ankle injury. White, another rotational player for USC, suffered a wrist injury.

Oregon State: The Beavers have struggled with injury and chemistry this season after winning the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament and advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Oregon State has been competitive in recent games, trailing at the time. 3 Arizona by just two runs last week before losing 83-69. The Beavers are yet to win a game in 2022.

FOLLOWING

USC: At Oregon on Saturday.

Oregon State: Host No. 12 UCLA on Saturday.

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