USC holds off UCLA
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Nick Young had 15 points and six rebounds
as the Southern California Trojans upset the 15th-ranked UCLA Bruins, 71-68,
at the Sports Arena.
Lodrick Stewart scored 13 points and Ryan Francis and Dwayne Shackleford
netted 12 apiece for the Trojans (16-9, 7-7 Pac-10), who snapped a three-game
Jordan Farmar paced the Bruins (20-6, 10-4) with 21 points and Arron Afflalo
added 19 in the loss, UCLA’s second in a row. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
contributed eight points and 10 boards.
Stewart opened the final frame with a three-pointer, but UCLA went on a 13-3
streak, including five points from Farmar and four from Alfred Aboya, to take
a 38-32 advantage with 14:40 remaining.
USC countered with a 26-9 spurt, which began with a pair Young free throws,
and the Trojans connected on nine of their next 11 shots. Stewart’s trey cut
the lead to 38-37 and Shackleford’s three-point play capped the streak to give
the Trojans a 58-47 margin with 4:16 to play.
Abdoulaye Ndiaye’s dunk gave USC a 62-51 edge, but the Bruins used a 13-6 run
to get back in the game and trail by four, 68-64, with under 30 seconds left.
Three-pointers from Afflalo, Farmar and a pair from Michael Roll kept UCLA in
the contest. The Trojans hit 4-of-8 at the line in the final two minutes to
help fuel the run.
Shackleford’s cross-court pass to Sead Odzic for a wide open layup put the
With the Bruins leading 7-6, USC reeled off an 11-2 spurt, capped by Stewart’s
layup, to take a 17-9 edge. UCLA responded with an 11-4 run, highlighted by
Mbah a Moute’s dunk, to cut the deficit to 21-20.
Jeremy Barr’s jump hook gave the Trojans a 29-25 lead at the half. Southern
California shot 50 percent from the floor in the opening frame and scored
seven points off 10 Bruins’ turnovers.
USC shot 56.3 percent from the floor, while the Bruins connected on 40.7
percent of their shots…UCLA outrebounded the Trojans 34-24…USC scored 36
points in the paint…Ndiaye scored 10 points and four blocks…The Bruins
shot 10-of-18 from the line, compared to the Trojans, who shot 14-of-19 at the
charity stripe…UCLA leads the all-time series 122-99…This is the last game
that the Bruins will play at the Sports Arena. The Bruins are 105-28 at the
home of the Trojans.