LOS ANGELES — Jakob Poeltl came up big and so did the Utah Utes Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center. Poeltl finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds in an 80-69 victory over USC.

“We obviously rode the coattails a little of our big guy tonight,” said Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak. “He did a nice job.”

Jordan Loveridge and Brandon Taylor also made key contributions. Loveridge finished with 13 points and Taylor had a career-high 10 assists. Utah had assists on 23 of its 30 shots and outrebounded the USC 30-24.

“I think we’ve found a pretty good style of basketball,” Krystkowiak said. “Our guys are really committing to playing defense and we’re doing a better job taking care of the ball.”

The win in their road finale gave the Utes a sweep of a trip to Los Angeles (they defeated UCLA 75-73 on Thursday) and upped their record to 21-7 overall and 10-5 in conference play — keeping them comfortably in the race for a high seed in next month’s Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas. They’re just one-half game behind co-leaders Arizona and Oregon entering a season-ending stretch of three home games.

Utah led USC 40-30 at halftime. Poeltl led the way with a dominating performance that included 16 points and seven rebounds. The 7-footer from Austria missed only one of six shots he took from the field and was a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

Poeltl scored Utah’s first five points in a 10-0 run that wiped out USC’s only lead (3-0) of the game. He also contributed mightily to a 13-3 outburst later in the half. Poeltl’s seven points in the stretch helped the Utes extend their advantage to 39-25.

“I really just came out ready,” Poeltl said. “I was aggressive right from the start.”

Utah scored 15 points off of 10 USC turnovers in the opening half. The Trojans shot 42.9 percent over the first 20 minutes and did not attempt a single free throw.

After the break, the Utes continued to blank the Trojans — at least early on. They opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers from Loveridge and Taylor. The shots gave Utah a game-high 16-point lead. The opening-minute success came in handy as USC quickly stormed back into contention.

The Trojans, who trailed by 15 points before rallying for a 79-72 win over Colorado on Wednesday, cut the margin with Utah to 49-44 in less than five minutes.

That’s when the Utes once again turned to Poeltl, who had the first two baskets in a 6-1 response. It turned the tide and led to an exchange of scores that ended midway through the half with a block by Brekkott Chapman and a layup by Lorenzo Bonham.

Leading 63-51 with under 10 minutes left to play, Utah added a 5-2 spurt to take a 15-point edge into the final seven minutes.

USC never drew closer than 11 the rest of the way.

“All in all, we did our job on the road and now we’ve got to finish off the season at home strong,” Poeltl said. “There’s really nothing we can do about the standings in the Pac-12. We’ve just got to play our games — win all three games — and then we’ll see where we’re at.”

The Utes face Arizona State on Thursday and Arizona on Saturday. They host Colorado on March 5.

Before Sunday’s game, Krystkowiak downplayed the significance of things like Utah’s third straight 20-win season and such.

“We’ll add them up when it’s all over,” Krystkowiak said. “The goal that we talked about was trying to get in the top four so we don’t have to play on Wednesday night (March 9) in Las Vegas. Anytime you get a win that obviously helps you in that situation.”

Nothing changed after completing a sweep of UCLA and USC. Krystkowiak insists he isn’t going to scratch anything off the list until all games are played.

“We just have to keep grinding,” he said.

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