In his fifth recreation again after struggling cardiac arrest in late July, James shot 6-for-11 and scored a career-high 15 factors to go along with three assists off the bench. The freshman guard’s earlier excessive was six factors in a 79-59 win over Alabama State on Dec. 19.
“Bronny’s a terrific participant,” mentioned USC senior guard Boogie Ellis, who led USC in scoring with 20 factors. “I do know he’ll make performs, make issues occur. He brings loads of vitality for us, and he is been nice on protection.
“To see what he is been by means of and to come back again and play like this, it reveals how nice he’s. I am simply glad that he is enjoying effectively and everyone else bought to proceed to play effectively with him.”
James performed 20 minutes, his a lot of the season whereas on a minutes restriction after lacking over 4 months of basketball. He had not performed greater than 17 minutes in a recreation earlier than Saturday evening.
Coming into the evening, James had largely performed in three- to four-minute stretches. However at Oregon State, James performed his longest stretches of the season, together with a virtually six-minute stint within the second half earlier than ending the ultimate 6:50 of the sport.
“We really feel comfy enjoying him extra minutes,” USC coach Andy Enfield mentioned after the sport. “And so long as he can preserve that vitality up, I believed he did a terrific job tonight.”
Enfield added, “He appears to be like extra comfy every recreation.”
James, the eldest son of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, had two breakaway highlights Saturday, which was his father’s birthday. On one play, he took a turnover, break up defenders and scored on a driving, hanging layup whereas being fouled for a three-point play with 12:13 to go within the half.
After which with 2:21 left earlier than halftime, James stole the ball and took it in for a one-handed breakaway dunk.
Within the second half, James hit his two 3-pointers, together with a stepback 3 on the baseline to chop a 20-point deficit to 71-61 with 3:43 left. However Oregon State (9-4, 1-1) wouldn’t let USC get any nearer. Tyler Bilodeau scored 26 factors to steer the Beavers.
“We simply bought to be higher defensively,” Ellis mentioned. “We bought to be extra passionate on protection. We will not let guys … everyone is beginning to have their profession highs in opposition to us. We simply bought to simply take extra delight. [Bilodeau] cannot have 26 factors on us. We’re a lot better than we’re displaying, a lot better defensively.”