Jan. 12, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah men's basketball (8-8, 0-4) suffered a loss at home this evening to USC (7-10, 2-2), 76-59. On a night it celebrated past championship teams, the Runnin' Utes could not find the winning formula on the floor.
Jarred DuBois led Utah with 18 points and grabbed three rebounds. Jason Washburn finished in double figures yet again with 13 points, snaring four rebounds and blocking three shots. Freshman Jordan Loveridge also added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Utes.
USC shot extremely well in the second half while working with a lead, connecting on 61 of its tries. The Trojans also converted on 7-of-15 attempts from three-point range, while Utah struggled again, going 4-of-15. The Utes committed a season-low six turnovers but were beaten on the boards for the second time in three games (-9).
Utah grabbed its first lead on a free throw by Cedric Martin that made the score 12-11 almost eight minutes into the game. However, USC took the lead for good with a 7-0 run right before halftime to give it a 32-23 lead at the break.
Washburn and DuBois led Utah with six points apiece at intermission. Loveridge paced the team with five rebounds but as a unit, the Utes were a minus-7 on the glass.
The Utes were within 50-42 on DuBois' three-pointer with 10:26 remaining, but USC went on a 7-0 run, led by Dewayne Dedmon's put-back dunk off a missed free throw.
J.T. Terrell's steal and fast-break layup, followed by two free throws after a technical foul on the Utah bench, gave USC a 57-42 lead.
Dedmon finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Trojans, while Jio Fontan and Byron Wesley scored 13 points each. Terrell also scored 14 points as USC snapped a string of 14 straight road losses.
Utah got back within 10 on Loveridge's three-pointer with 5:13 left but could not pull any closer. The Utes, who entered the game 13th in the nation at the free-throw line (76.3%) missed an uncharacteristic seven tries in the second half and finished 13-of-21 in the game.
The Utes are back on the road next week starting with a game on Wednesday evening at Washington State. Live coverage of the game on ESPN700 and the Pac-12 Network begins at 7:30 p.m.