2/1/20 LOS ANGELES, CA - The USC Trojans with a record of (17-4, Pac-12, 6-2) were looking to stay on top of the Pac-12 Conference, facing a team they have had trouble with beating at home, the Colorado Buffaloes (16-5, Pac-12 5-3).
The Leading scorer for USC is Freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu averaging 17 ppg, followed by Sr. guard Jonah Mathews who is averaging 13 ppg. Colorado leading scorer is Jr. guard McKinley Wright averaging 13.4 ppg and Jr. forward Tyler Bay.
USC jumped out on the Colorado 6-0, but the Buffaloes responded with back-to-back baskets by Evan Battey and Tyler Bay, making the score 6-4.
Colorado took a four-point lead over the Trojans 18-14, after a fall-away shot by Shane Gatling. Starting forward for Colorado Evan Battey dropped back-to-back baskets giving the Buffaloes a 23-17 lead forcing USC to call a timeout.
Colorado increased their lead to 33-21 after a three-point shot by Bay with 44.4 seconds left in the game and closed out the half leading 33-24. Bay and Battey led Colorado in scoring both with 7 points, and USC Mathew with 8 points and Okongwu with 6 points.
USC made only 9 of 29 shots from the floor 31.0 % and Colorado 12 of 28 shots 42.9 % from the floor. The Trojans made only 3 out of 12 from the three-point arc and the Buffaloes 4 of 9.
Colorado pushed their lead up to eleven-points 39-28 forcing USC head coach Andy Enfield to call another timeout with 15:59 left in the game. The Trojans just couldn't get their offense clicking found themselves down by twenty-points 48-28 with 11:51 left in the game.
The Trojans down by twenty-four points with 7:44 left in the game couldn't gain any ground, due to hot shooting from the Buffaloes from three-point range dug a deep hole trailing 63-39.
Colorado never let their foot of the gas, continue to pour it on USC and with 55 seconds left in the game were up twenty-one points 76-55, came away with a huge Pac-12 victory 78-57 after dropping a close game to the UCLA Bruins 72-68.
"You have to give credit to Colorado for the way they played tonight, their bigs from three-point range just killed us," USC head coach Andy Enfield said. " We shot poorly tonight."
"Jonah was 4 for 15, Nick and Onyeka both were 3 of 8, and you can't beat a top-rank team like Colorado scoring just 57 points." We are very young in the backcourt and still growing."
USC Will have to do a better job shooting the ball to have success heading into the Pac-12 Conference Tournament. Tonight the Trojans made 22 of 58 shots 37.9%. USC is still one of the top teams in the Pac-12 with a record of (17-5).
The Pac-12 is up for grabs, and those teams looking for that title will have to play their best basketball down the stretch to catch the Oregon Ducks (18-5), Colorado Buffaloes (17-5), USC Trojans (17-5), and the Stanford Cardinal (16-50. For more photos from this game, the gallery is below this post. All photos are by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.#USCTrojans, #ColoradoBuffaloes, #NCAA,#Pac12, #TGSportstv1,