Metu leads No. 22 USC past Oregon State
CORVALLIS — Chimezie Metu had 19 points and eight rebounds and No. 22 Southern California stayed undefeated with a 70-63 victory over Oregon State on Wednesday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Jordan McLaughlin added 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals and Jonah Mathews had 10 points for the Trojans (14-0, 1-0).
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored a career-high 24 points and Drew Eubanks had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Beavers (4-10, 0-1).
Southern Cal went on a 13-0 run about midway through the first half to take a 24-9 lead. Oregon State was held scoreless for nearly 5 minutes during the surge.
The Trojans led 34-17 at halftime.
Southern California led by double digits most of the second half, but Oregon State was able to cut the deficit to six points in the final minute on a layup by Eubanks.
The Trojans shot 27 for 33 (82 percent) from the free throw line compared to 13 for 24 (54 percent) for the Beavers.
With about 7:30 left in the game, Eubanks and Southern California's Charles Buggs got tangled up on a rebound, Buggs fell to the court, Eubanks apparently stepped on him and Buggs reacted angrily. During an ensuing scrum, Oregon State's Tanner Sanders left the bench and was ejected. Eubanks was given a technical foul.
Southern California: Co-captain Bennie Boatwright missed his seventh straight game due to a knee sprain, but he is expected to come back in mid-January ... Southern California's 13-0 start is its best since the 1971-72 squad began the season 16-0.
Oregon State: Leading scorer Tres Tinkle missed his eighth straight game with a fracture in his non-shooting hand. He could return next week ... Oregon State had won its previous seven games over Southern California at Gill Coliseum.
Southern California plays at No. 21 Oregon on Friday. The Ducks are 12-2 after defeating No. 2 UCLA on a last-second 3-pointer on Wednesday.
Oregon State hosts No. 2 UCLA on Friday. The Bruins are 13-1 and will have plenty of motivation after suffering their first loss of the season.