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UCLA Basketball Cruises Past USC, 75-59

Feb. 24, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - Jordan Adams scored a game-high 20 points to lead a group of five Bruins who scored in double figures as UCLA registered a 75-59 win at USC on Sunday afternoon in a Pac-12 contest.

UCLA (20-7, 10-4 Pac-12) also received 11 points from Larry Drew II. David Wear recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds, notching his second double-double of the season and his fourth in two seasons at UCLA.

Tony Parker finished with eight points, three rebounds and one block in 17 minutes.

The Bruins led 7-0 and pushed their advantage to 47-26 by halftime at USC (12-15, 7-7), evening the season series between the crosstown rivals. The Trojans cut UCLA's advantage to nine points with 4:01 to play, but USC never scored the rest of the contest.

USC had defeated UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 30 by a 75-71 margin in overtime.

"Our guys learned from last time by watching film today, and I thought our first half was tremendous," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "Tony Parker really stepped up today. Overall, it's a great win and, more importantly than the revenge factor, it keeps us alive and in control of our destiny."

Sunday's victory at USC's Galen Center keeps UCLA one-half game behind first place Arizona and Oregon (each team at 11-4 in conference action) in the Pac-12 standings. The Bruins, now 10-4 in Pac-12 games, will host Arizona State on Wednesday, Feb. 27, before closing their home schedule against Arizona on Saturday, March 2.

UCLA's 21-point halftime cushion marked the Bruins' largest such advantage in any Pac-12 game this season.

Travis Wear was unable to play on Sunday, suffering a right foot injury at the start of UCLA's practice on Saturday afternoon. Twin brother David Wear stepped up for the Bruins, scoring four of UCLA's first nine points as the Bruins built a 9-2 lead in the game's first 2:55.

"The greatest factor was not to have Travis Wear, and to have David and Tony step up and accept the challenge with one of their teammates down," Howland said. "Adams had two or three of those key defensive rebounds, where he grabbed the ball and made plays for us."

Drew II scored in double figures for the third consecutive game, making 4 of 6 field goals and 2 of 3 shot from three-point range. Drew II, a redshirt senior point guard, has made 9 of 13 three-point attempts in UCLA's last five games.

UCLA has four games remaining on its regular-season schedule - two at home this week followed by a pair of games at Washington State (March 6) and at Washington (March 9).

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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA