Los Angeles, CA- On a night where USC star players Beanie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu struggled offensively, the Trojans had enough firepower to rout Colorado 70-58 at the Galen Center Wednesday night.
Guard Jordan McLaughlin went a perfect 4-4 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points to lead the Trojans in scoring.
“Jordan knows he needs to do both,” said USC head coach, Andy Enfield “He is an opportunistic guy. Everyone has an off night but is nice to be able to win a game when your two leading scorers are 4 of 22.”
After Sunday’s defeat at the hands of Stanford on a half-court buzzer beater, the Trojans were eager to get back on the floor to correct their errors.
“We have to just move on after every game, win or lose. Learn from your mistakes and move on. It was good to get out here and get a win,” said McLaughlin.
Metu shot 3 of 12 from the floor but still managed to pitch in 14 points. He was the only other player in double figured in scoring for USC.
The Trojans shot 9-17 from the 3-point line. Jonah Matthews finished the game with 9 points for USC with all three of his shots coming from behind the 3-point line.
USC held a lead for a majority of the first half but what once was a 9 point lead turned into a 32-30 deficit with 3:25 left in the half. A couple of baskets by McLauglin and Boatwright’s only made shot of the game gave USC a 38-34 halftime lead.
The Trojans were able to pull away in the second half after a couple of Matthews and McLauglin 3-pointers.
Colorado had 22 turnovers, which lead to 25 point for the Trojans.
“We got our hands on a lot of basketballs. I thought our man was good, our zone was excellent and the guys really played hard tonight with a sense of purpose,” said Enfield
George King led Colorado in scoring with 21 points.
USC will welcome Utah on Sunday.