USC Trojans rout Utes in Pac-12 play

Jan 12 2013 - 8:05pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- J.T. Terrell scored 14 points and Southern California defeated Utah 76-59 on Saturday to snap a string of 14 straight road losses.

Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Trojans (7-10, 2-2), while Jio Fontan and Byron Wesley scored 13 points each at the Huntsman Center.

The Utes (8-8, 0-4) were within 50-42 on Jarred DuBois' 3-pointer with 10:26 remaining. USC went on a 7-0 run, led by Dedmon's put-back dunk off a missed free throw.

Terrell's steal and fast-break layup, then two free throws by Terrell after a technical foul on the Utah bench, gave USC a 57-42 lead.

Utah got back within 10 on Jordan Loveridge's 3-pointer with 5:13 left but could not pull any closer as the Utes shot just shot 37.5 percent overall, including 4 of 15 from 3-point range.

DuBois led Utah with 18 points. Jason Washburn added 13 but saw his string of three straight double-doubles end as he corralled only three rebounds.

The road losing streak dated to last season, when the Trojans dropped their final 10 as visitors. The road win was USC's first since Nov. 10, 2011, at UC Riverside.

The Trojans were coming off a 66-60 loss at Colorado on Thursday in which they were outscored 24-6 over the final 10 minutes of the first half. This time, they closed the first half strong to take a 32-23 lead into the break.

Utah led 21-19 on a jumper by DuBois with 5:12 left in the first half, only to see the Trojans close on a 13-2 run, fueled by back-to-back 3-pointers by Terrell.

Overall, the Trojans shot 50 percent from the field and held a 39-30 edge in rebounding and an 11-7 advantage on second-chance points.

They also got help off the bench, with Omar Oraby adding eight points and four rebounds. He left for a while in the second half after injuring his ankle, but returned.

Utah had dropped its first three conference games by a combined eight points, and its seven overall losses were by a total of 26 points.

There was the overtime loss at Arizona State, a 60-57 heartbreaker against then-No. 3 Arizona in Tucson, and Thursday's setback at home against UCLA when Utah had three chances to take the lead in the final minutes, only to miss three wide-open 3-point attempts.

They couldn't get the shots to fall in this one, and it got away early. Not even a halftime ceremony that paid tribute to the Utes' three Western Athletic Conference championship teams from the 1980s could help.

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