Feb. 15, 2012
LOS ANGELES - David Wear had 16 points and 13 rebounds and twin brother Travis Wear registered 14 points and 11 boards, helping UCLA beat USC, 64-54, on Wednesday night to sweep the season series between the crosstown rivals.
UCLA (14-11, 8-6 Pac-12) earned its first season sweep in the series since 2006-07.
"I'm really happy with the win," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "We knew USC would play inspired. We got a commanding lead early on, but they fought back. You have to give them credit for continuing to fight through adversity this late in the season."
Jerime Anderson tallied 14 points and dished five assists for UCLA, which led by double-digits for most of the night. The Bruins pushed their advantage to as many as 23 points with 11:28 to play in the second half.
UCLA held a 46-25 rebounding edge, recording its third consecutive victory over the Trojans (6-21, 1-13).
Byron Wesley scored 16 points and Garrett Jackson had 15 for USC, which put together a late push to make the final score more respectable.
Travis Wear recorded his first career double-double.
"Both Wears did well with their double-doubles," Howland said. "Jerime had a good line and played good defense all night."
UCLA never trailed in the win over USC, staking a 6-0 lead in the game's first 2:30 and opening its first double-digit lead on a jump shot from Anderson that put the Bruins ahead, 17-6, with 11:11 left in the first half. UCLA twice led by as many as 15 points in the opening half.
The Bruins owned a 31-16 cushion at halftime after Anderson nailed a basket with two seconds to play before intermission.
"I was disappointed with the Cal game, and I needed to use that as motivation," David Wear said. "I know I needed to come out and play harder and with a different mindset. It's easy to get motivated and focused for our rivals."
UCLA returns to action against St. John's at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday. Game time is 10 a.m. (PT). Saturday's contest will be televised nationally on CBS.