Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright IV filled the stat sheet for No. 20 Colorado in the Buffaloes’ 78-57 rout of cold-shooting USC in a Pac-12 game Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Bey had 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Bey was taken out of the game for good with 5:05 left in regulation by coach Tad Boyle, angry that Bey was whistled for a taunting technical foul.
Wright had 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Isaiah Mobley led USC with 12 points, and Onyeka Okongwu and Jonah Mathews each had 11. Okongwu also had 10 rebounds.
Nick Rakocevic, who had 16 points and 15 rebounds in USC’s win over Utah on Thursday, finished with only six points and seven rebounds against the Buffaloes.
The Trojans (17-5, 6-3 Pac-12) made 37.9 percent of their shots compared to 51.9 percent for Colorado. The Buffaloes made 47.4 percent of their 3-pointers (9 of 19) with seven players making at least one. Bey made both of his tries.
The Buffaloes outscored USC 15-2 to build a 50-28 lead with 11:32 left in regulation.
The Trojans went 6:30 without scoring until Okongwu made a jumper in the lane with 11:19 left in regulation, cutting the lead to 50-30.
Colorado had a balanced effort to lead USC 33-24 at halftime with four players scoring six or seven points. Bey and Evan Battey had seven points and D’Shawn Schwartz and Wright netted six.
Battey, Colorado’s burly 6-foot-8, 264-pound center, made his third 3-pointer of the season in the first half.
USC started cold, shooting only 31.0 percent from the field, 25 percent (3 of 12) from 3-point range in the first half.
The Trojans next play at Arizona on Thursday, and Colorado hosts California on Thursday.
—Field Level Media