UCLA Basketball Cruises Past USC, 75-59
Feb. 24, 2013
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 Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Andersona and 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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