The puns on press row wouldn't stop as the UCLA stats team served notice that twin sophomore forwards David and Travis Wear were both going to finish with double figures in points and rebounds in a 64-54 Pac-12 victory over crosstown rival USC on Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Bruins fans can pick their own fun name - whether it's a "twin double-double" or "double-double, double-double" but it was clear both Wear brothers wanted to atone after not playing their best in a loss to Cal last week.
David tallied his second career double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) after having just one rebound against the Bears. Travis notched his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
"I was hard on myself with how I played," David said. "I used it as motivation coming into Monday and Tuesday practices. I knew the only way I could turn it around is to play harder and come with a different mindset."
UCLA (15-11, 8-6) enjoyed another strong performance from senior guard Jerime Anderson, who finished with 14 points, five assists and five rebounds.
"He played good defense tonight," Coach Ben Howland said. "He did a good job leading tonight. He was positive, talking, talking to teammates in the timeouts. He was exceptional, and I was happy to see him go out with a sweep over our crosstown rival."
UCLA never trailed against the Trojans (6-21, 1-13), who are in last place in the conference, and led by as many as 23 in the second half. But Howland gave a lot of credit to the USC players and coaching staff for making the game competitive down the stretch. But UCLA made sure to give its home crowd, which featured a large presence from the student body, something to celebrate.
"It means a lot to get the sweep - that's what means the most to me," Anderson said. "I can't ask for anything more."