Feb. 2, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Malcolm Lee scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half to lead UCLA past Southern California, 64-50, on Wednesday night to secure its sixth win in seven games.
The Bruins (15-7, 7-3 Pac-10) outscored the visiting Trojans, 28-15, in the second half to pull away with a 14-point victory. Joshua Smith added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench for UCLA.
"It was a great win for us against a very good team," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "The crowd was fantastic. We're very excited to be 7-3 in the conference."
Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and Alex Stepheson added 14 for the Trojans (12-11, 4-6), who have dropped two in a row and five of their last seven. The two big men were held to single-digit rebounds.
UCLA led nearly the entire first half, then fell behind by one point early in the second before pulling away down the stretch. Trailing 39-38 after a lay-in by Vucevic, Nelson answered with a basket to put UCLA ahead 40-39, handing the Bruins a lead they would not relinquish.
In a span of 10:33 in the second half, the Bruins used a 15-6 scoring run to lead 53-45 after a three-point basket by Jerime Anderson with 8:05 remaining. The Bruins earned the first double-digit lead of the game when Lee hit two free throws to make it 57-47 with 4:15 remaining.
Reeves Nelson led UCLA with 11 rebounds, connecting on 4-of-8 shots for eight points in the win. Nelson helped the Bruins control the rebounding advantage, 39-25.
UCLA held USC guard Jio Fontan scoreless in 33 minutes, as the junior guard missed on five shots and two free throw attempts.
The Bruins have now registered a double-digit lead in 14 games this season, posting a perfect 14-0 in those contests.