Cal-USC Basketball Live Game Updates
Cal played his fourth Pac-12 game on Thursday night when he hosted the No.7-ranked USC starting at 8 p.m.
Pre-match: The Bears entered the game on a five-game winning streak and a 9-5, 2-1 Pac-12 record, following Sunday’s 74-50 home win over Arizona State.
USC started the day 12-0 overall and 2-0 in conference, but Thursday’s game is the Trojans’ first game since a Dec. 18 win over Georgia Tech. In the meantime, USC has had three games, including two conference games, canceled or postponed due to COVID-related issues.
Both USC Pac-12 wins were against Utah (home) and Washington State (road), but the Trojans only beat the Cougars by two points on Dec. 4 when Chevez Goodwin converted a three-point game with 16 seconds remaining. . Isaiah Mobley, the older brother of last year’s Pac-12 Player of the Year Evan Mobley, entered Thursday’s game leading the team in points (15.0 points per game) and rebounds. (9.6 boards per game).
USC started the day second in the nation in field defense percentage, allowing opponents to shoot from just 35.2% from the ground.
Andre Kelly entered Thursday’s game leading the Golden Bears in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounds (8.6). Jordan Shepherd started the day on average 14.4 points.
Cal starting alignment: G Jordan Shepherd, F Grant Anticevich, F Kuany Kuany, G Joel Brown, F Andre Kelly.
USC starting composition: F Isaiah Mosley, F Chevez Goodwin, G Boogie Ellis, G Drew Peterson, G Ethan Anderson
6:51 p.m. first half. USC’s Isaiah Mobley dunked 19 seconds into the game, but Grant Anticevich responded with a 3 for Cal. Chevez Goodwin scores for USC and Jordan Shepherd has two free throws. Cal 5, USC 4.
17:47 first half: Cal hits his first three hits. Cal 9, USC 8.
17:21 first half: Isaiah Mobley hits one of three free throws to tie the game. USC 9, Cal 9.
3:50 p.m. first half: Andre Kelly has six points for Cal and Isaiah Mobley has six for USC. Cal 13, USC 12.
2:50 p.m. first half: Boogie Ellis has six points and his bucket puts USC in the lead. Trojans are 5 for 10 on the field and Cal is 5 for 8. Each team has a 3-pointer. Cal’s Jordan Shepherd has two fouls and sits down. USC 14, Caliber 13.
11:36 am first half: Grant Anticevich scores to put Cal back after the Bears missed three straight shots, but Isaiah Mobley hits two free throws, giving USC the lead and giving Mobley eight points. USC 16, Caliber 15.
9:40 am first half: Grant Anticevich has seven points and his two free throws equalize the game. USC 20, Caliber 20.
8:41 am first half: Drew Peterson scores four straight points for USC. USC 24, Caliber 20.
7:43 am first half: USC takes their biggest lead at 26-20 before Andre Kelly scores for Cal. USC 26, Caliber 22.
6:52 am first half: The Trojans regained their six-point lead over another Peterson basket. He has six points, Boogie Ellis has six points and Isaiah Mobley has eight points. Kelly leads Cal with eight points. Shepherd back in the field. USC 28, Caliber 22.
3:18 first half: USC topped Cal 19-10, and the Trojans have eight offensive rebounds against two offensive rebounds for Cal. Isaiah Mobley has 10 points and four rebounds. Peterson has six points and five rebounds. A Jordan Shepherd dual-clutch inner bucket takes Cal to three points. Shepherd has six points. USC 30, Cal 27.
25 seconds first half: Mobley has 12 points. USC 36, Caliber 31.
Half-time: USC 36, Cal 31.
Cal shot 37.9% in the first half (11 for 30) while USC shot 43.3% (13 for 30). Cal was 2 for 8 out of 3 and the Trojans were 1 in 6 from a distance.
Isaiah Mobley has 12 points for USC and Drew Peterson has eight. Andre Kelly has eight points and six rebounds for Cal, and Grant Anticevich and Jalen Celestine have seven points each. Anticevich is however only 2 for 9 on the field. USC topped Cal 23-15 in the first half, including 8-5 on the offensive boards. Cal had just four turnovers in the first half.
19:51 second half: Jordan Shepherd is now 3-for-3 on the court. USC 36, Caliber 33.
6:01 p.m. second half: Isaiah Mobley has 14 points for USC, and Shepherd was 4-for-4 for 10 points before his first miss. USC 38, Cal 35.
15:43 second half: USC scores four straight points to take their biggest lead of the game with seven points. Timeout for calls cal. USC 42, Caliber 35.
2:07 p.m. second half: USC extended their lead to nine points on a Boogie Ellis layup, and Ethan Anderson scored to complete an 8-0 USC streak that gave the Trojans an 11-point lead with 14:29 to play. Grant Anticevich ended the USC frenzy with a basket and turned it into a three-point game with a free throw. Anticevich has 10 points. USC 46, Caliber 38.
12:06 second half: Jordan Shepherd hits a 3 point to give him 13 points and reduce the deficit to seven points. Boogie Ellis has 12 points and Isaiah Mobley has 14. USC 50, Cal 43
10:16 second half: A 3-point Jalen Celestine closed the lead to six at 10:56, and Jordan Shepherd’s two free throws reduced USC’s lead to four. Shepherd has 15 points. USC 52, Caliber 48.
7:47 second half: A 3 point from Isaiah Mobley gives him 19 points and puts USC back in the lead by nine points with 8:11 to go. Kuany Kuany hits a free throw to close the gap to eight. USC 59, Cal 51
5:43 second half: Bookmaker Ellis hits two free throws to increase USC’s lead to 10 points. USC 63, Cal 53.
5:03 second half. USC increases their lead to 12 points, their biggest lead of the game, and Cal is in big trouble: USC 65, Cal 53.
3:14 second half: USC opens it and shoots 65.2% in the second half of the year. Mobley has 19 points, and Peterson and Ellis have 14 each for the Trojans. Grant Anticevich has 16 for Cal. USC 70, Caliber 55.
2:30 second half: Cal reduces lead to 10: USC 70, Caliber 60.
Jalen Celestine cover photo is by Rob Edwards, KLC Fotos
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