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Mark J. Terrill, AP
Utah guard Kolbe Caldwell, top, and Utah forward Donnie Tillman dive for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. USC won 84-67. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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.

3 keys:

• 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

Next 3:

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