“We feel like we’re right there.” McLaughlin said. “We have a few things to get better at, but we feel like we’re right there.” The Trojans are back in action this Thursday at 8 PM against the Stanford Cardinal. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 networks. “The teams were playing right now are very physical.” Enfield said. “Darian is our best rebounder per minute, so we definitely miss him. However, our players need to pick up the slack until Darian can get back.” Utah forward Jakob Poeltl scored 29 points with 13 rebounds and four assists and guard Brandon Taylor chipped in 8 points and 10 assists as the Utes defeated the USC Trojans 80-69 on Sunday. The loss was the Trojans’ first home defeat of the season.“I’m proud of our team’s effort, winning 15 straight games at home.” head coach Andy Enfield said. “Unfortunately tonight we got outplayed and lost to a good basketball team.”Guard Jordan McLaughlin led the Trojans (19-8, 8-6) with 20 points, three assists and three rebounds as the Trojans lost at the Galen Center for the first time in almost a year. Fellow backcourt mate Julian Jacobs finished with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists.The Utes (21-7, 10-5) outrebounded the Men of Troy 30-24 and outscored them 38-28 in the paint. The Trojans shot 58 percent from 3-point range, but attempted just 17 shots. The Utes finished shooting 53 percent from the field and had 13 second-chance points. The Utes also attempted nine more free throws than the Trojans.Both teams came out running in the first half. The Utes immediately took advantage of their size down low with Poeltl. The second year big man from Austria scored nine of the Utes first 14 points and finished the half with a near double-double.The backcourt duo of McLaughlin and Jacobs scored the first 13 points for the Trojans. The Trojans were able to stay relatively close throughout the first half, but once Poeltl returned the Utes closed on a run to push their lead to double digits.Guard Katin Reinhardt hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer to cut the Utes lead to 10 at the half. The Trojans had 10 first half turnovers that turned into 15 points for the Utes. McLaughlin, Jacobs and forward Bennie Boatwright combined for 25 of the Trojans 30 first half points.It looked like things were going to get away from the Trojans as the Utes opened the second half by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, extending their lead to 16 points.Jacobs had other plans. The third-year guard scored nine points in a flurry that helped ignite a 14-3 run by the Men of Troy. The Trojans got as close as 5 points, before the Utes woke up.Poeltl scored eight of Utah’s next 12 points as the Utes pushed their lead back to double-digits. The Trojans had a late rally that cut the lead back to 10, but they would get no closer. “He’s a pro if I’ve ever seen one. He absolutely dominated us.” Jacobs said. “We did not have an answer for him. Defensively, I think he ended with four steals. Offensively he had his way with us. It was the Jakob Poeltl show, and we did not have any answers.” The trio of McLaughlin, Jacobs, and Boatwright scored 54 of the Trojans 69 points. The rest of the Trojans went 6-20 from the field for 15 points.With the loss, the Trojans now sit two game behind league leaders Arizona and Oregon. The Trojans have a big trip coming up against Stanford and Cal. The Golden Bears are one game ahead of the Trojans in the standings. Forward Darian Clark missed his fourth consecutive game with a shoulder injury. As one of USC’s toughest defenders and rebounders, he was sorely missed as the Trojans struggled against the size of Poeltl. The Men of Troy made a spirited comeback but the size of Poeltl ended up being too much the Trojans to handle. Poeltl killed the Trojans inside but also opened up wide open shots for his teammates as USC was forced to double down on various occasions. All eight of the Utes players scored at least four points.
MEMPHIS — As the Lakers prepared for the second game of a road back-to-back on Saturday, some news came in from back in Los Angeles.A little bit good. A little bit bad.The good: Brandon Ingram’s sprained left ankle isn’t worse than that. A precautionary MRI on Thursday evening showed no signs of more serious injury. But the Lakers also aren’t expected to be able to bring him back for the next week, as he recovers from landing on LaMarcus Aldridge’s foot in a game against the Spurs on Wednesday.Coach Luke Walton was accepting of the positive but still rankled by being without his third leading scorer for at least two more games after the trip. JAMES GIFTS GRIZZLIES EMPLOYEE HIS SHOESIn the closing minutes of the game, there was a stir near the end of the bench as LeBron James appeared to hug a woman on the edge of the court. She then brushed at her eyes as she walked out of the arena into the tunnel.James later said that the woman was a Grizzlies employee he’s seen over the years. Every game he’s played in Memphis, he’s seen her wearing an exclusive pair of his signature Nike shoes. For the first time on Saturday night, he talked to her as he sat on the end of the bench in the win.“I’ve always noticed it, I’ve never said anything to her,” he said. “And tonight I said something to her for the very first time, and she said, ‘Yeah, I’ve always been Team LeBron. Always.’ So she got a pair of LeBrons.”James gave her his game-worn purple LeBron 16s, causing her to tear up, and spurring cheers from a large camp of Lakers fans who were on hand to witness the exchange.“It’s very humbling the fans respect the way I approach the game and who I am off the floor as well,” he said. “I try to give them my appreciation as well by being on the floor and doing what I love to do. And that’s playing the game at a high level. It’s definitely reciprocated.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We really just miss the fact that we keep losing out on a great opportunity for our team to kind of find that rhythm together,” he said. “Every time we start to find a little bit of a rhythm, we lose a big piece. And we’re doing a good job of filling in, but it’d be nice to start to get that continuity down with the same group of guys.”Ingram (15.2 points per game, 4 rebounds per game) is going through his second absence after serving a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season. Walton bitterly noted that the Lakers didn’t have the 6-foot-9 forward’s length in all four games against San Antonio this season (he was injured in the first quarter of the third game in the series), during which DeMar DeRozan scored 30 or more in each game.The Lakers would like to bring back Ingram’s length on defense, where he had been putting together a string of strong efforts to supplement his scoring. His presence also helps smooth out the second unit, which relies on his shooting and play-making ability.Walton has compensated by starting Josh Hart for the past two games, but of course, the Lakers are also hurting for depth without veteran point guard Rajon Rondo (right hand fracture), who traveled with the team on the trip but did not play. Rondo’s original timeline of four to five weeks of recovery would put him in line to return soon, and he’s been cleared for some physical contact.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “His hand is pretty swollen,” Walton said. “Until the swelling is down, we’re not playing him.“
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