The Colorado Buffaloes and the USC Trojans have a HEATED rivalry in college basketball. The Buffs have done well against the Trojans since super guard Jordan McLaughlin left and 2020 (the waning hours!) is no exception.
In the first half, McKinley Wright showed no lingering effects from his ankle injury against Arizona, dicing USC up for 11 points and 3 assists at half. Evan Battey directed traffic against the zone and D’Shawn Schwartz got back to his scoring ways, with nine points at the half. Isaiah Mobley and Evan Mobley, two gigantic condors in the middle for the Trojans, had their way with CU down low, but the Buffs were fortunate that USC didn’t consistently get the ball down to those two NBA-level players. CU opened up a game-high 11 point lead before USC got it within one point, with the Buffs benefiting from a Jeriah Horne three at the buzzer to lead 44-33 at the half.
A cold second half and foul trouble led to a narrower margin, with USC getting it within two points, 57-55. However, McKinley Wright re-entered the game with 3 fouls and 8 minutes left, and we watched a senior leader take over. He, along with Evan Battey, CLAMPED down on superfrosh Evan Mobley and forced USC to take shots. They were making those tough shots on the other end. In the end, clutch free throw shooting ensured that the Buffs walked out of the Galen Center with a double digit win, 72-62. Andy Enfield continues to lose to Tad Boyle, and 2020 ends on a high note!