NCAAB Game Recap - USC at Colorado
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:00 PM EST

USF
54
Gonz
71
F
Oreg
72
AzSt
77
F
USC
66
Colora
70
F
OhSt
76
Iowa
85
F
SCla
75
BYU
85
F
OrSt
63
Ariz
89
F
Longw
68
USC-Up
58
F
SoFL
55
WichSt
65
F
UConn
89
Temp
93
F(2OT)
Lipsco
68
Jacksn
67
F
SthAL
78
App
70
F
KennSt
46
N AL
65
F
UMassL
84
Bingha
86
F
Stetsn
69
NJIT
78
F
UMBC
69
Albany
50
F
Presb
70
HiPt
82
F
NebOm
61
IPFW
59
F
GWebb
77
Hamp
87
F
WriSt
70
YSU
88
F
W&M
61
Tows
51
F
Vermt
63
Stony
54
F
Hartfo
63
UNH
67
F(OT)
NFla
77
Lib
82
F
Elon
70
JMU
62
F
NrthIA
64
IndSt
67
F
Hof
81
Drex
74
F
NE
48
Del
70
F
Troy
60
CoCar
90
F
NoKY
73
Clev
59
F
Belm
80
MorSt
67
F
TNSt
62
E KY
83
F
Campbl
66
ChaSo
51
F
APSU
78
SIU-E
60
F
GASt
62
TexAr
70
F
GaSo
55
TxSt
70
F
Evans
53
SIU
70
F
MSU
86
Nebras
65
F
SEMO
58
JacSt
65
F
Murr
60
E IL
63
F
TN-M
65
TNTec
78
F
Pepp
66
Portl
59
F
CSBak
58
UtVal
72
F
S UT
66
N CO
68
F
Oral
96
Denv
100
F(OT)
UNCA
64
Radf
79
F
Sac
76
E WA
77
F
NoAZ
78
Ida
61
F
UCSB
75
CS-Ful
66
F
UCDav
77
CAPoly
62
F
Stan
72
Wash
64
F
GrCan
89
Seatt
95
F
MTSt
77
PorSt
87
F
UCLA
69
Utah
58
F
HI
56
UCRiv
55
F
LoyMa
51
StMar
57
F

Colorado 70, USC 66

Feb 20, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

USC (19-8)

29

37

66

(18) Colorado (21-6)

26

44

70

No. 18 Colorado holds off Southern California 70-66
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:28 AM

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Buffaloes have never won a Pac-12 Conference title, so winning pretty isn't a priority. Piling up the victories is good enough.

"In February you take them where you get them," coach Tad Boyle said.

The Buffaloes got a big one Thursday night.

McKinley Wright IV had 15 points, including a floater in the lane in the final minutes, to help No. 18 Colorado hold off Southern California 70-66.

Wright added six rebounds and seven assists, and Tyler Bey had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Colorado (21-6, 10-4). The Buffaloes lead the conference by a game after Oregon fell 77-72 at Arizona State on Thursday night.

"We just got to win now, we gotta move on to the next game," Wright said. "Everybody wants us to lose, nobody wants us to be first place in this Pac-12 so all we can worry about is ourselves and our teammates and our fans that are rooting for us and go get them."

Colorado took the 2012 conference tournament in Boyle's second season but has never won a regular-season title. The Buffaloes have four games remaining, starting with the final home game against UCLA on Saturday.

"Being in first place didn't mean anything two weeks ago, doesn't mean anything right now," Boyle said. "We just have to take care of business on Saturday."

Onyeka Okongwu had 21 points, Jonah Mathews added 17, and Nick Rakocevic had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans (19-8, 8-6). They lost for the fourth time in six games.

Colorado was up 41-40 after Okongwu's dunk early in the second half but quickly opened a double-digit lead. Shane Gatling and D'Shawn Schwartz hit 3-pointers and Lucas Siewert had two more from long range during a 15-4 run to stretch the lead to 56-44 midway through the second half.

USC came back, making it 67-66 on Okongwu's dunk with 1:35 left. Wright's floater gave Colorado a three-point lead and the Trojans had one more chance to tie it but Daniel Utomi was called for traveling with eight seconds left. Wright hit a free throw to seal it for the Buffaloes.

The Buffaloes had just six points more than 10 minutes into the game and trailed 20-6 but outscored USC by 14 to tie it and trailed 29-26 at halftime.

"We just let off the gas pedal, they came out hard and we weren't tough enough," Okongwu said. "We just weren't being smart after being so close."

BIG PICTURE

Southern California: Rakocevic moved past Taj Gibson into second place all-time in rebounds in program history. He now has 902 and trails only Ron Riley, who has 1,067. ... The Trojans are 5-5 on the road after finishing 2-9 in 2018-19.

Colorado: Bey notched his 11th double-double of the season and 30th of his career. ... Schwartz played without a facemask despite suffering a hairline fracture on the bridge of his nose at Oregon State on Saturday. .... The Buffaloes shot 34.5% in the first half and 60.7% in the second.

MISSED DIRECTION

Southern California coach Andy Enfield said point guard Elijah Weaver was out of position on the play when Utomi was called for traveling, costing the Trojans a chance at tying it up.

"We drew a play up in the timeout and put all five guys in position and he went to the wrong side," Enfield. "If you want to be an elite guard in this league you gotta come out in a game-time situation and follow directions and go to the right side of the floor and go to our big guy. He went to the wrong side and everybody else was in the right position."

UP NEXT

Southern California: At Utah on Saturday.

Colorado: Hosts UCLA on Saturday.

Leaders

USC PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Anderson 0 0 3 0 0 0
M. Agbonkpolo 0 0 0 1 0 0
Colorado PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Daniels 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Walton 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

USC Colora
Points For 66 70
Field Goals 28/61-46% 27/57-47%
Three Pointers 2/11-18% 11/26-42%
Free Throws 8/10-80% 5/8-62%
Offensive Rebounds 11 12
Defensive Rebounds 21 23
Rebounds 34 40
Blocks 2 3
Steals 10 3
Turnovers 9 15
Personal Fouls 16 12
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Colora Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Feb 1 Colora 78 @ USC 57 D. Walton 5 E. Anderson 2
Thu Feb 20 USC 66 @ Colora 70 E. Weaver 4 E. Battey 1

Game Information

Stadium: CU Events Center, Boulder, Colorado
Attendance: 10,027
Game Time: