LOS ANGELES — Utah opened the game with a 6-0 lead, but it would not last long as the hot-shooting USC Trojans crushed the Utes 84-67 Sunday night in the Galen Center. The Utes, who were led by Justin Bibbin's 19 points, rallied late to make the final score respectable.
Turning point: USC went on a 14-0 run just five minutes into the game to build a 24-9 lead that it would not give up.
The hero: USC guard Jonah Mathews came off the bench to score 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting to help the Trojans hold off the Utes' second-half rally.
• The Utes (10-7, 2-4) struggled offensively, turning the ball over 17 times, compared to USC's 7.
• The Trojans used balanced scoring, with seven players scoring at least nine points and Mathews leading the way.
• USC (13-6, 4-2) was on fire from the 3-point line as it shot 48.3 percent as a team. Seven different players recorded treys on Sunday.
Utes almanac: Lost 4
Thursday vs. Washington (13-5), 8 p.m. MST
Sunday vs. Washington State (9-8), 6 p.m. MST
Jan. 25 at (No. 11) Arizona State (14-3), 7:30 p.m. MST