LOS ANGELES — With LeBron James watching, Bronny James struggled along with his shot for the primary time this season. However USC’s beginning backcourt of Boogie Ellis and Isaiah Collier shined to assist the Trojans win their second Pac-12 convention recreation in a row.
Collier, USC’s freshman standout level guard, scored a career-high 26 factors to elevate USC over Stanford 93-79 on the Galen Heart.
Ellis, a senior guard, had 22 factors, 4 assists and three steals whereas junior guard Kobe Johnson had 21 factors, 5 assists, 5 steals and a pair of blocks.
James, the eldest son of the Los Angeles Lakers star, didn’t make a shot for the primary time this season, going 0-for-4 from the sphere off the bench and snapping a two-game streak of scoring in double figures. However the freshman guard supplied a elevate on protection with two steals whereas additionally drawing a cost to go along with two rebounds and one help in 19 minutes.
James, who had missed simply two free throws in his earlier six video games, went 2-for-5 from the road and completed with two factors. This was James’ seventh recreation again after lacking over 4 months after struggling cardiac arrest in late July. The freshman underwent a process to deal with a congenital coronary heart defect.
“He retains bettering,” USC coach Andy Enfield stated of James, who has performed underneath a minutes restriction whereas making his means again. “I believed he missed a few straightforward pictures tonight, missed some free throws, which is OK, everyone does that. However he took the suitable pictures, he performed excellent protection and he is a giant a part of our workforce.”
James did not let his shot have an effect on his hustle. With 7:57 remaining within the first half, James anticipated a timeout was coming and he jumped in entrance of Benny Gealer alongside the sideline to attract a cost.
“Bronny [is] a really good basketball participant,” Enfield stated. “And he performs laborious each possession and defensively he helps us. He will get deflections, he can guard the ball on smaller guys and he is robust sufficient to protect greater guys. Thus far, so good.”
After dropping 5 of six video games, USC (8-7, 2-2) has now received two straight at residence. Ellis, Collier, the highest recruit on this season’s freshman class, and Johnson are taking part in a few of their greatest and most effective basketball of the season. The trio mixed to make 11 3-pointers.
James hopes to seek out his shot towards Washington State at residence Wednesday.
“He makes profitable performs,” stated Ellis, who made six 3-pointers. “It’s nice to have him on the ground. At any time when he is within the recreation, he performs laborious. We all know we’ll get that from him, so it is simply nice to have any individual that sparks us coming off the bench and giving us nice minutes, power and impacting the sport even when he is not scoring.”