UCLA Overpowers USC in 66-47 Victory

Jan. 15, 2012

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Travis Wear had 19 points and eight rebounds, and UCLA built an 18-point halftime lead en route to a 66-47 victory over Southern California on Sunday night at the Trojans' Galen Center.

Lazeric Jones added 15 points for the Bruins (10-7, 3-2 Pac-12), who captured their third consecutive win.

Maurice Jones was the only player in double figures with 13 points for the Trojans (5-13, 0-5), who have not lost this many games in a row since dropping seven straight in 2003.

"That was our first true road win of the year," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "We have been on the road all year, but we were playing in front of their fans. With this rivalry, it is always a tough game."

UCLA snapped a 9-9 tie on a tip-in by Anthony Stover with 9:52 left in the first half and led the rest of the game. The Bruins used a 15-1 scoring run over the next 5:22 to secure a 24-10 lead with 4:30 to play before halftime.

UCLA owned a 37-19 advantage at halftime, closing the first half on a 11-3 scoring run.

The Bruins' 19-point win marked the program's largest margin of victory at USC's home arena since an 82-52 win in 1974. UCLA had defeated USC by 18 points in a Pac-10 road game on Jan. 20, 1999.

UCLA won the rebounding battle by a 44-19 tally. The 25-rebound margin was the largest of the Howland era at UCLA and the largest since the Bruins grabbed 30 more rebounds than Northern Arizona in 2002.

"Zeke [Jones] had a great half for us," Howland said. "[Anthony] Stover played well down the stretch and has been playing key minutes since we played the Arizona schools."

USC never got closer than 14 points in the second half. The Trojans cut UCLA's margin to 50-36 on a layup by Aaron Fuller with 6:22 to play in the game before Travis Wear scored the Bruins' next seven points to put UCLA ahead, 57-36.

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