USC pulls away in 2nd half to beat Utah 64-46

California Basketball

Tahj Eaddy scored 18 points and Southern California pulled away in the second half to beat Utah 64-46 on Saturday.

The Trojans (6-2, 1-1 Pac-12) earned their first league win of the season after losing to Colorado and having two other Pac-12 games postponed because of COVID-19.

Drew Peterson added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans. Isaiah White scored 12 points before fouling out and Chevez Goodwin had 11 points despite four fouls.

USC freshman standout Evan Mobley was held to three points and five rebounds, the first time in eight games that he failed to score in double figures and grab at least seven rebounds. He didn’t attempt a field goal while playing 30 minutes.

Utah (4-3, 1-2) was led by Ian Martinez with 10 points, the only Ute in double figures. The Utes were limited to 28% field-goal shooting

USC led by 16 points after opening the game on a 22-6 run. The Utes closed to 32-28 at halftime.

Utah trailed by four when the Trojans put the game out of reach with an 11-1 run. Eaddy scored on a goaltending call, hit a 3-pointer and made another basket for seven points to extend USC’s lead to 55-41.

Peterson’s 3-pointer capped a 9-2 spurt that ended the game for USC. The Utes made just one field goal by Martinez over the final 11 minutes.

BIG PICTURE

Utah: It was a lost weekend in Los Angeles. The Utes dropped a two-point decision at UCLA on Friday and now return home for a four-game stand. They’re working out issues typical of a team featuring 11 freshmen or sophomores.

USC: The Trojans have played three games, winning two, since returning from a two-week stoppage because of COVID-19. Picked to win the Pac-12, they’re facing a tough trip to Arizona next week. They’ll have to clean up sloppy play that led to a combined 30 turnovers in their last two games.

UP NEXT

Utah: Hosts Oregon State on Wednesday in the first of four straight home games.

USC: Visits Arizona on Thursday.

(AP)

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