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USC 70, Colorado 58

LOS ANGELES -- Jordan McLaughlin scored 20 points and Southern California defeated Colorado 70-58 on Wednesday night.

McLaughlin made all four of his 3-pointers for the Trojans (12-6, 3-2 Pac-12). They led most of the game in winning their third in a row against the Buffaloes. Chimezie Metu added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

George King led Colorado with 21 points. Freshman McKinley Wright IV, the Buffs' leading scorer at 16.2 points, was held to seven points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Led by McLaughlin, the Trojans pulled away in the second half after leading by four at the break. He had two 3-pointers, a layup and a free throw that pushed their lead to 55-45.

Metu ran off six points in a row, extending USC's lead to 65-53. He made four straight free throws before throwing down a huge dunk.

Colorado (10-7, 2-3) stayed within striking distance in the first half on the strength of six 3-pointers, which the Trojans matched.

But the Buffs couldn't get a sustained scoring run going over the final 20 minutes, when McLaughlin and Metu were backed by solid defense from their teammates.