Afflalo lifts No. 4 UCLA over USC
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Arron Afflalo poured in 15 points,
including the game-winning shot down the stretch, as fourth-ranked UCLA edged
USC, 65-64, at the Galen Center.
Darren Collison netted a game-high 17 points for the Bruins (15-1, 4-1
Pac-10), who rebounded from their first loss of the season to Oregon on
January 6. Lorenzo Mata added 12 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
UCLA was also without sophomore guard/forward Josh Shipp, who missed the game
due to a small tear in his right hamstring.
Nick Young had 14 points and six boards for the Trojans (13-5, 3-2), who were
looking to win their third straight game. Lodrick Stewart added 13 while Gabe
Pruitt donated 10 in the loss.
Trailing by five points at the end of the first half, the Bruins pulled to
within 33-32 after Afflalo hit consecutive three-pointers early in the second
USC then went on a 9-0 run to take a 42-32 lead about four minutes into the
half. Pruitt hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arc during the stretch for
Trailing by 10 about midway through the half, the Bruins went on a 13-4 spurt
to tie the game at 55-55 with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the contest.
After USC missed a trey, Afflalo drilled a three-pointer to put the Bruins up
by three points. Young answered at the other end with a jumper for the Trojans
to make it a one-point game with 2 1/2 minutes to go.
Mata then hit 1-of-2 from the line and followed with a layup off his miss from
the stripe to make it 63-57 for UCLA with about 50 seconds left.
Pruitt’s deep shot from beyond the arc then pulled the Trojans to within 63-60
with 40 seconds on the clock.
After Mata missed a free throw, Young tied the contest with a long shot from
beyond the arc and after being fouled on the play, hit the ensuing free throw
to put USC ahead 64-63.
With just four seconds left, Afflalo hit a pull-up jumper to give the Bruins a
After a timeout, Pruitt’s three-point shot fell short as UCLA held on for the
Stewart paced the Trojans with eight points in the first half as USC went into
the break with a 31-26 lead.
UCLA leads the all-time series against USC, 123-99…The Bruins shot 9-of-24
from beyond the arc while the Trojans hit 9-of-17 from long distance…USC
fell to 3-2 this season against ranked opponents.