Utes rout Trojans in Pac-12 opener
SALT LAKE CITY — Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points to help No. 10 Utah beat Southern California 79-55 on Friday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Delon Wright had 11 points and 10 assists, Brandon Taylor added 11 points and Utah (11-2) shot 57 percent and led by double digits most of the game.
Loveridge missed seven games after knee surgery, but the junior forward has returned to provide scoring punch to an offense that struggles to score at times. He made three 3-pointers.
Malik Martin and Nikola Jovanovic each scored 14 points for the Trojans (8-5).
CALIFORNIA 81, No. 21 WASHINGTON 75: At Berkeley, Calif., Jordan Mathews scored 31 points and knocked down three of his career-high five 3-pointers in the second half, leading California past Washington in their Pac-12 opener.
David Kravish had a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Bears (11-3), who had lost consecutive games for the first time under new coach Cuonzo Martin.
Nigel Williams-Goss had 19 points, eight rebounds and nine assists and Robert Upshaw added 16 points, eight boards and five blocks for Washington (11-2). The Huskies, ranked No. 13 in the previous poll, were stunned 62-57 at home by Stony Brook on Sunday night.