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3-Points: UCLA 83, USC 73

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom and Caroline Deisley

Despite playing a tremendous first half, USC falls to cross-town rival UCLA for the second time this season. Byron Wesley led the team in scoring with 27 points. 


Trojan Spirit
The student section in the Galen Center was packed as throngs of people showed up to watch the Trojans take on the Bruins. The entire crowd was a factor in the game from the start as the atmosphere erupted when it saw that the Trojans came to play. That atmosphere remained throughout the entire game despite a frustrating second half as the fans remained loyal and stayed until the final minutes. "I think you always play with a little more energy on your home court. We had great student and fan support tonight," said the head coach. "I think there was a lot of energy in this building."

One and Done
The Trojans looked like they were well on their way to upsetting the second-best team in the Pac-12 as they held a six-point lead at the half. However, UCLA's halftime adjustments proved to be too much for the Men of Troy who completely lost their cool in the second half. USC shot 59 percent from the field in the first half compared to a mere 35.5 percent in the second. Similarly, their three-point shooting percentage fell from an outstanding 50 percent to 21.4 in the second. 

Turnover Terror
The straw that broke the camel's back for the Trojans in the second half was the repetitive turnovers that stifled any offensive opportunity and led to easy transition points for the Bruins. The Trojans finished the game with 15 turnovers which actually happens to be better than their last game against Oregon where they had a whopping 22 turnovers. Coach Enfield specifically noted that the sloppiness on in-bounds plays was an unnecessary area of concern. "Tonight 15 turnovers is probably about two or three too many," cautioned Enfield. "I thought we had some easy plays and we made them more difficult than they should've been."

Here are the SnappyTV highlights from tonight's game: 

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