Salt Lake City, UT (SportsNetwork.com) - Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points with six rebounds as No. 10 Utah thumped USC, 79-55, in the Pac-12 opener for both schools.
Delon Wright had 11 points and 10 assists and Brandon Taylor gave 11 points and five boards for the Utes (11-2, 1-0 Pac-12), who have won four straight.
Nikola Jovanovic and Malik Martin each scored 14 points with six rebounds for the Trojans (8-5, 0-1), who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
A Wright layup six minutes in gave the Utes a 14-7 lead, and a 7-0 run later in the half gave the team a 21-9 advantage after Chris Reyes put in a layup.
The Utes began the second half with a 39-24 advantage, and built it to 48-26 when Dallin Bachynski hit a jumper three minutes in.
USC tried to keep it close as a Jovanovic dunk got the team within 57-40 with 12 minutes to play, but Kenneth Ogbe and Dakarai Tucker followed with consecutive 3s, and Utah's lead never fell below 19 the rest of the way.
USC plays at Colorado on Sunday ... Utah hosts Colorado on Monday ... The Utes shot 56.9 percent and held the Trojans to just 38.5 percent shooting ... Utah now leads the series, 18-17.