SEATTLE (AP) — Andy Enfield was already thrilled with what he was getting from No 20 Southern California defensively for most of the Pac-12 season.
The Trojans have been even better at that end of the court for their past two victories.
Evan Mobley scored 17 points, brother Isaiah Mobley added 12 points and 12 rebounds and No 20 Southern California rolled past Washington 69-54 yesterday.
Ranked for the first time since early in the 2017-18 season, the Trojans (16-3, 10-2) won for the 11th time in their past 12 games thanks to another stellar defensive performance and a dominant effort on the interior against the undersized Huskies.
USC held rival UCLA to 48 points in an 18-point victory last Saturday, then limited Washington to its second-lowest point total in conference play this season.
“Defensively, we were very good. I think you saw that midway through the first half into the second half, we challenged every shot made them shoot a low percentage,” Enfield said. “Then we dominated the paint on offence. I think this team it starts with the defensive end.
“We’re an inside-outside, inside game offence first. That’s where our big guys are hard to stop and then our guards when they make shots, we’re awfully good. Tonight, we didn’t have it going from the perimeter, but we made enough plays down the last 15 minutes to win the game.”
Washington coach Mike Hopkins said, “Offensively, I felt like we did a decent job it was just our turnovers. We just turned it over too much. We don’t have a large margin for error. So maybe take away five turnovers, those become five three-point shot opportunities, and now we’re in a real chance to pick them off.”