USC released a statement a short while before tipoff that forward Chimezie Metu would play versus Utah. Metu played and he performed well in the 74-58 win.
Metu was the first Trojan to score in double figures as USC got off to a quick first-half lead. USC led by as many as 17 points in the first 20 minutes. The Trojans went into the locker room at the half with a 38-28 lead, which included a late run by the Utes.
Utah cut the their deficit to six midway through the second half. USC then proceeded to go on a 16-0 run to break the game wide open.
Metu had 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Trojans.
Senior forward David Collette paced Utah with 14 points and 7 rebounds.
- USC looked like the far more athletic team on Saturday. The Trojans had a little extra bounce to their step against Utah. It was one of USC’s best wire-to-wire games of the season.
- Utah had trouble scoring against USC. The Trojans length and athleticism was too much for the Utes. USC broke Utah’s five-game winning streak.
- Freshman guard Jordan Usher came up big for the Trojans off the bench. Usher had 14 points off the bench. He was four of five from three point range.
- USC scored 31 points off the bench.
- Assured themselves of a first-round bye of the Pac-12 tournament.