Coming off a loss on Thursday at UCLA, the No. 11 Utah Utes did not mess around on Sunday at the Galen Center, dominating from start to finish en route to a 67-39 victory over the USC Trojans. The loss was the sixth straight for USC.
USC scored just 12 points in the first half and shot 26.5 percent in the game (13-of-49), including a putrid 1-of-12 from three-point range. They scored five points in the first 10:31. Aside from an 11-0 run early in the second half by the reserves, the Trojans showed little energy for most of the contest.
Jakob Poeltl had his way inside all day and led the Utes with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds, four on the offensive end. Delon Wright (11) and Jordan Loveridge (10) also scored in double figures for Utah. The Utes shot 46.3 percent for the game, but were only 4-of-20 from three-point range. They made 13 of their 15 free throw attempts and out-rebounded the Trojans 39-26.
USC freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin was held scoreless (0-of-7 FG) for the first time in his career and didn't play for most of the second half. Chass Bryan took his place and put up three points, the first time he has scored this season. Malik Martin was the one positive for the Trojans. The freshman scored 11 points (4-of-6 FG), 10 coming in the second half. After combining for 65 points in the triple overtime loss to Colorado on Thursday, Katin Reinhardt and Nikola Jovanovic tallied only nine.
USC falls to 9-12 overall and 1-8 in the Pac-12. Utah improves to 17-4 and 7-2, and remains just one game back of Arizona in the loss column for first place. The Trojans travel to the Bay Area next week to take on California and Stanford.