UCLA Falls To Rival Trojans 76-69

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AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Desmon Farmer scored 28 points and Southern California defeated UCLA 76-69 Wednesday night, snapping its three-game losing streak and extending the Bruins' skid to four games.

The Trojans (9-9, 4-5 Pac-10) have won four of their last five games against the Bruins, including three in a row that began with last season's sweep. It was just USC's second victory since 1993 at Pauley Pavilion.

Errick Craven added 18 points for the Trojans, who are last in the Pac-10 in scoring defense. They came in having given up 80.9 points, but they held UCLA to 24 points in the first half.

UCLA's Ryan Hollins finished with a career-high 21 points and Dijon Thompson added 11. The Bruins committed 18 turnovers.

The Bruins (9-7, 5-4) rallied from a 22-point deficit early in the second half with improved defense to get within three points with 2:33 remaining. They trailed 64-45 when they outscored USC 23-8, including consecutive 3-pointers and another basket by Thompson.

Trailing 71-68, UCLA point guard Cedric Bozeman turned the ball over in traffic. USC's Errick Craven was fouled at the other end and made 1-of-2 free throws for a 72-68 lead.

T.J. Cummings missed a jumper for UCLA, then Farmer was fouled on consecutive possessions. But he failed to convert either of the one-and-one situations as the Trojans clung to a four-point lead.

Bozeman made one of two free throws to draw the Bruins to 72-69 with 28 seconds left. Errick Craven missed another foul shot, but UCLA failed to take advantage when Janou Rubin was called for traveling with 20 seconds left.

Farmer made two free throws for a 74-69 lead with 17 seconds to go. Fans began pouring out of Pauley when USC called time-out. Cummings intentionally fouled Gregg Guenther after the time-out, and the player who was a tight end on USC's Rose Bowl-winning football team made both free throws with five seconds left.

USC scored the game's first five points on its way to a 44-24 halftime lead. The Trojans dominated on the strength of a 29-11 run, including nine points by Errick Craven and seven by Farmer.

Much of USC's early scoring was keyed by steals. The Trojans, who lead the Pac-10 in that category, had six in the first half and nine for the game. They also shot 56 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The Bruins shot 33 percent in the first half, when Hollins was their only starter to score any points. They got 13 from him, and just 11 from their reserves.

UCLA's student section was especially tough on USC's cheerleaders, turning their backs whenever the squad took the floor during a timeout. The students also shouted vulgarities about USC, but they had nothing to cheer about until UCLA briefly revived itself in the second half.

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