That was not pretty, not even close to pretty. The Utes looked solid for the first two or three minutes of the game, and then USC exploded on offense pulling away and putting the game away with about 15:00 minutes left in the first half. It was over quick, and the Utes are coming home with a four game losing streak, dropping to 2-4 in Pac-12 play.
It was bad on both sides of the court for the Utes, they allowed USC to shot almost 50% from deep, and in the first half the Trojans were at one point 8 of 12 from three point range. That’s really when they stretched out the lead to almost 30. USC ended up going 9 of 15 in the first half from three, and really at halftime the game was over. Utah once again lost the rebounding battle, this time by only two, and they turned the ball over 17 times, 10 more times than USC. It really snowballed there in the first half.
Utah did play better in the second, but it didn’t matter too much. It was nice to see them hit some shots, almost 62% from the field in the second half, and Utah did get some solid efforts from Justin Bibbins, Jayce Johnson, David Collette and Donnie Tillman, but so much of it was in garbage time. Hopefully them see the ball go in the basket in that second half helps build a little bit of confidence as they come home this week against the Washington schools.
There’s not much else that I can say about this game other than it was ugly, and this LA trip was a disaster. Hopefully Utah can regroup before things really start to spiral out of control.