USC Loses Pac-12 Opener to UCLA, 107-73
January 05, 2014
The Trojans were led by Wesley and J.T. Terrill, who scored 21 and 14 points, respectively. Jacobs finished with 10.
The Trojans were without 7-foot-2 Oraby for most of the first half. He crashed to the floor holding his right ankle and had to be helped off of the court. He returned a few minutes later but was used sparingly and played just five minutes of the opening frame. He returned in the second half but fouled out with 7:39 remaining in the game.
The Bruins put the pressure on the Trojans early, scoring 13 of the game's first 11 points. Four different players scored during the early run, with Jordan Adams scoring five of the points.
USC used a 7-0 run midway through the first half to get to within three points of UCLA but the Bruins responded with a 20-7 run of their own, and eventually led by as many as 25 points before the break.
The Bruins opened up the second half with a 12-3 run, taking a 68-37 lead in the process, and never looked back.
USC was able to put together a 14-2 spurt, cutting UCLA's lead to 70-51 but the Trojans couldn't get any closer. Oraby and Julian Jacobs accounted for 10 of those points.
Kyle Anderson scored 23 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the floor in the first half, and led four UCLA players who scored in double figures.
Anderson also had 12 assists for the Bruins, recording his eighth double-double of the season and 15th of his career.
Jordan Adams and Bryce Alford added 21 and 20 points for the Bruins, respectively. Alford's 20 points established a new career high. Their contributions helped the Bruins improve to 12-2 on the season, and 1-0 in the Pac-12. UCLA also kept its perfect record at home intact.
The win said something for UCLA's 11 pre-conference wins, which came against seemingly soft opponents. The Bruins were obviously able to use those games to prepare for at least their first conference opponent.
With the loss, the Trojans fell to 0-1 in conference play and 9-5 overall.
The Trojans were coming off an easy win over Howard, though they needed a strong second half to do it. Prior to that game, USC beat Dayton in overtime and lost to Long Beach State, a school in the Big West Conference.