Jayce Johnson had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Both Gach added 15 points and Sedrick Barefield scored 13 with five assists to lead Utah to a 77-70 victory over Southern California on Wednesday night.

The Utes (12-10, 5-5 Pac-12) led by as many as 23 points in the second half, but a furious rally by the Trojans (13-10, 5-5) could only pull them as close as the final seven points.

Jordan Mathews led USC with 18 points, while Bennie Boatwright had 17 points — all but two coming in the second half — and 12 rebounds.

Utah took a 20-point lead with 2:12 left in the first half. But the Trojans scored the final six points to trail 37-23 at the break. Utah outrebounded the Trojans 24-12 in the half and held USC to 32-percent shooting.

The teams entered as the top two in 3-point percentage in the conference, but Utah was just 6 of 15 while USC hit 2 of 11 in the first half. The Trojans connected on 7 of 16 in the second half to make their run.

BIG PICTURE

Utah: After having a four-game win streak snapped in losing both home games last week, the Utes evened their Pac-12 record at 5-5.

USC: The Trojans are stumbling at a bad time in conference play. After winning seven of nine games, they have now dropped two of their last three to fall back to 5-5 in conference play.

UP NEXT

Utah moves across town on Saturday to meet UCLA. The Utes split their series with Bruins last year and are 3-7 all-time at Pauley Pavilion.

USC remains at home to meet Colorado on Saturday. The Trojans have won their last four games against the Buffaloes.

Utah forward Donnie Tillman, right, shoots as Southern California forward Bennie Boatwright, left, and guard Shaqquan Aaron defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Utah forward Donnie Tillman, right, shoots as Southern California forward Bennie Boatwright, left, and guard Shaqquan Aaron defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Utah guard Sedrick Barefield, right, gestures after hitting a 3-point shot as Southern California guard Shaqquan Aaron stands in the background during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Utah guard Sedrick Barefield, right, gestures after hitting a 3-point shot as Southern California guard Shaqquan Aaron stands in the background during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Southern California guard Shaqquan Aaron, left, and forward Bennie Boatwright, right, and Utah forward Timmy Allen reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Southern California guard Shaqquan Aaron, left, and forward Bennie Boatwright, right, and Utah forward Timmy Allen reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Southern California guard Shaqquan Aaron shoots as Utah forward Both Gach defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Southern California guard Shaqquan Aaron shoots as Utah forward Both Gach defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Southern California guard Elijah Weaver, right, shoots as Utah center Jayce Johnson defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Southern California guard Elijah Weaver, right, shoots as Utah center Jayce Johnson defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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