USC Falls to Colorado, 86-65|
Jan. 04, 2015
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Askia Booker scored 18 points, Dustin Thomas added a career-high 17 and Colorado beat Southern California 86-65 on Sunday for its sixth straight win over the Trojans.
The Buffaloes (9-5, 2-0 Pac-12) used a 14-0 run late in the first half to break open a tight game. They never gave the Trojans (8-6, 0-2) a chance at a comeback as they hit four straight 3-pointers to start the second half.
Both teams were missing big parts of their offense, with USC guard Jordan McLaughlin sidelined by a sore shoulder and Colorado big man Josh Scott out again with back spasms.
McLaughlin hurt his right shoulder in a 79-55 loss at No. 10 Utah on Friday. Gone with McLaughlin were 12.7 points a game.
Scott missed a second straight game with a balky back, but appeared to be less bothered by it when he joined his team in huddles during timeouts.
Xavier Johnson added 17 points and Wesley Gordon grabbed nine rebounds for Colorado.
The Trojans went on a 7-0 run midway through the final half, but that spurt was ended when Booker lobbed a pass to Jaron Hopkins, who dunked it over two USC defenders and re-energized the crowd.
Colorado pushed the pace in the first half to open up a 43-27 advantage at the break. The Trojans struggled from the field in the opening half, shooting only 36.7 percent.
USC: McLaughlin entered the game leading USC in assists (64), steals (21) and was second in 3-pointers (17). He spent pregame trying to stretch his shoulder with a resistance band. ... The Trojans never led as they fell behind 6-0 to start the game. ... The Trojans drop to 3-8 against Colorado. They haven't beaten the Buffs since Dec. 20, 1975. ... Jovanovic scored in double figures for a ninth straight game.
Colorado: The Buffs had nine different players score in the first half. ... Scott is 13 points away from reaching 1,000 in his career. ... Thomas' previous career-high was 13 on Nov. 16, 2013, against Jackson State. ... Booker finished with seven assists, giving him 282 for his career. He ties Chauncey Billups (282, 1995-97) for 13th in school history.
USC hosts California on Wednesday.
Colorado is at Utah on Wednesday.