1/3/21 LOS ANGELES, Ca - The USC Trojans (5-2) were hoping to get back on the winning track after losing 72-62 on Christmas Eve to the Colorado Buffaloes, hosted the Utah Utes (4-2), and came away with a 64-46 victory.
The Utes trail the Trojans 9-2 in the first quarter after a layup by Isaiah White, forcing the Utes to call a timeout. The Trojans look much better on offense leading the Utes by ten-points 14-4 with 15:31 left in the first half.
The Utes cut into the Trojans 22-11 lead when Ian Martinez nailed a three-point shot. White got free on a monster dunk that gave the Trojans a 24-15 lead with 7:40 left in the game.
Utah responded with a run over their own trailing USC 24-21 after a dunk by Mikael Jantunen. USC head coach called a timeout after the Utes made another basket that made the score 24-23.
Utah got their first lead of the game, 27-26, after Timmy Plummer broke free down the court for a layup with 3:16 left in the game. The Trojans regained the lead 29-27 after a three-pointer by White with 1:54 left in the first half.
USC led Utah at halftime by four-points 32-28 with leading the Trojans in scoring 16-points, Chevez Goodwin 7-points, and Drew Peterson and Tahj Eaddy both with 5-points.
Jantunen led Utah in scoring with 8-points, and Timmy Allen and Plummer both had 5-points. The Utes made 13 of their 33 shots from the field for 41.9 percent, and the Trojans made 13 of their 25 shots, for 52.percent.
USC committed ten turnovers, and Utah had six turnovers. The Utes defense kept Evan Mobley scoreless in the first half.
The Trojans were leading by six points 44-38 with 9:22 left in the game, after a basket by Eaddy. USC went on a 7-3 run to lead by ten points 51-41 after a three-pointer by Eaddy.
USC was finally able to put Utah away with a 64-46 victory to get their first win in the Pac-12 Conference with a dominant performance by Eaddy with 18-points, Peterson 13-points eleven rebounds, and White 12-points.
The Trojans had better ball movement in this game than against Colorado.
"We had better ball movement in this game than we had against Colorado, " USC head coach Andy Enfield said. "We had better floor spacing that gave our bigs more room to work with."
Martinez was the leading scorer for Utah with 10-points and Juntunen with 8-points. The Utes made only 17 of their 61 shots for the game, 29.7 percent, 3 of 22 from the three-point range 13.6 percent, and committed nine turnovers.
After the game, Coach Enfield talked about some of the keys to getting their first win in the Pac-12 Conference.
"It was a good team win. Our defense was outstanding, especially in the second half. To play like we did defensively was very impressive on short preparation. We had great effort from our guards and big men."
"We did try to move the ball. We did make a point to share the basketball and move it and take better shots. We had our chances against Colorado, we just didn't make our shots."
USC made 25 of their 57 shots during the game 52.3 percent, 6 of 19 from the three-point line 31.6 percent, and committed 15 turnovers. USC's next game will be on the road Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #usctrojansmbb #utahutesmbb #pac12 #ncaa #tahjeaddy #timmyplummer #chevezgoodwin #tgsportstv1