USC Falls to No. 11 Utah, 67-39|
Feb. 01, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Malik Martin scored 11 points to lead the Trojans, but USC lost to No. 11 Utah 67-39 on Sunday.
USC (9-12, 1-8 Pac-12) shot just 26.5 percent, including 1 of 12 from 3-point range, to lose its sixth straight.
It was the Trojans' largest margin of defeat this season.
USC shot just 5 of 26, including 0 of 7 from 3-point range, and committed 10 turnovers in the first half to allow Utah to run away with it quickly.
Jakob Poeltl had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Utes (17-4, 7-2 Pac-12). Delon Wright added 11 points and five rebounds and Jordan Loveridge scored 10 points.
Utah was up 32-12 at halftime and led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Eleven different players scored for the Utes, who never trailed.
Two 3-pointers by Loveridge helped put the Utes up 17-5 early, as USC missed 11 of its first 13 shots.
The Trojans didn't reach 20 points until Malik Martin's free throw with 13:19 left in the game.
That foul shot was part of an 11-0 USC run that brought some life back to Galen Center, but the Trojans never cut the deficit below 17 points.
The Utes outrebounded the Trojans 39-26, outscored them in the paint 38-18 and had 16 second-chance points.
Utah has won 11 games by at least 20 points this season, tied for most in the nation with Notre Dame. Utah beat USC 79-55 in the Pac-12 opener Jan. 2 in Salt Lake City.
The Trojans set season lows in points, field goals made (13) and shooting percentage. Katin Reinhardt's streak of nine consecutive games with a made 3-pointer was snapped.
The Trojans dropped to 3-24 in Pac-12 play over the last two seasons.
USC visits Cal on Thursday.