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USC Men's Basketball Drops Pac-12 Opener To Colorado, 72-62

Dec 31, 2020

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LOS ANGELES — Tahj Eaddy had a team-high 16 points and five assists for USC, but it wasn't enough as the Trojans fell to Colorado in their Pac-12 opener at home, 72-62, Thursday night.

USC (5-2, 0-1 Pac-12) struggled to contain Colorado's hot shooting early in the game. The Trojans shot just 38.3% from the field and couldn't keep the Buffaloes (7-2, 1-1 Pac-12) off the boards. The Trojans' 15 turnovers — their second-most in a single game this season — hampered multiple comeback bids throughout the game.

USC fell into a 32-21 deficit late in the first half. The Trojans went on a 10-0 run to climb back into the game, but Colorado immediately countered with a 12-2 run that restored the Buffaloes' 11-point lead going into halftime.

The Trojans chipped away from the lead throughout the second half — even going on a 9-0 run midway through the period that brought them within two points — but Colorado never surrendered its lead.

Evan Mobley finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, but shot just 5-of-14 from the field and committed five turnovers. Isaiah Mobley had nine points and five rebounds, but turned the ball over four times.

McKinley Wright IV, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, had 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting for Colorado.

USC will play its third home game of the week with a matchup against Utah on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks. The Trojans are scheduled to face Arizona and Arizona State for their first true road contests next week.