Boogie Ellis will be in the entire University of Washington Basketball program's nightmares tonight, as one of USC Basketball's starting combo guards went sicko mode against the Huskies for SC's seventh straight win. Ellis dominated down the stretch to secure SC's 80-67 Pac-12 win, but played a great game overall.
Ellis scored 27(!) points on 10 of 19 shooting; hitting four of his eight threes on the night. He was 100% from the free throw line on his three attempts, and also picked up three steals. He rebounded very well--especially for his position, with seven rebounds on the night. He added on a couple of assists too. It was just a great for him on both ends of the floor.
SC is now 3-0 in conference play this season. Ellis has been a major part of it. Heck, this was SC's second-biggest win of the winning streak, and Ellis was also the key behind USC's biggest win of the win streak against No. 19 Auburn. Ellis scored 28 points on nine of 15 shooting that game (two of five from deep), while also picking up two steals on defense.
Big performances from he and Peterson are exactly how SC is going to win if they never end up getting five-star Vince Iwuchukwu out there on the court this year as he recovers from his health issues that he dealt with this summer. And in this game, they got big performances from both at the same time.
It was not just Boogie Ellis who was a major factor in USC Basketball's win over Washington.
Boogie Ellis' backcourt mate--USC Basketball Combo Guard Peterson--chipped in 17 points on offense, and had a steal and two blocks on defense. He was nearly perfect from the free throw line--shooting seven of eight from the charity stripe. Now 11-3, SC as a whole shot very well overall--nailing 45.9% of their takes from the field and 81% from the line.
The team was most certainly led by Ellis, and if he continues the type of performance he had on Friday and against Auburn, he very well could end up making his way to the First-Team All-Pac 12 roster. The Trojans will need to finish sweeping this road trip to the Washington schools on Sunday first, though, to prove that the Florida Gulf Coast loss was just a fluke.