Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jakob Poeltl had 14 points and nine rebounds and the 11th-ranked Utes routed Southern California 67-39 on Sunday afternoon.
Delon Wright netted 11 points and Jordan Loveridge added 10 for Utah (17-4, 7-2 Pac-12), which bounced back in a big way following its 69-59 defeat at UCLA Thursday.
"Our guys really defended," said Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak. "Any time you're able to keep a team under 40 points, I think it says quite a bit about your defense."
The Utes have won three of their last four games.
Malik Martin was the only double-digit scorer for USC (9-12, 1-8), finishing with 11 points.
Utah raced out to a 14-3 start and a 13-0 run later in the opening half helped turn the game into a laugher. Wright had five points during the surge, which was capped on a Dallin Bachynski layup for a 32-9 margin late in the frame.
The Utes led 32-12 at the break and cruised to the easy triumph over the final 20 minutes.
"Give Utah credit for playing well early," said Trojans head coach Andy Enfield. "We obviously didn't play well in the first half. They played well in the first half and we didn't. We didn't execute and make shots."
Utah was up by as many as 29 in the wire-to-wire victory ... USC shot just 26.5 percent (13-of-49) from the floor and connected on just 1-of-12 from beyond the arc.