Friday, January 15, 2016

UCLA cannot hang with SC. Trojans on top of Pac-12 table.

Bruins Fall to USC, 89-75
By: UCLA Athletics
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LOS ANGELES - USC snapped UCLA's six-game win streak in the series with an 89-75 victory before 12,993 in Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday night.
Tony Parker scored a season-high 27 points, including 19 in the second half, but the Bruins were out-scored in the first half by a 48-30 margin and never closed the deficit to fewer than nine points in the final five minutes of the second half.
USC (15-3, 4-1) made nine three-point field goals, increasing its conference lead to 154 three-pointers made this season. Jordan McLaughlin was 5 for 8 from beyond the 3-point arc, leading the visiting Trojans with 23 points. Freshman Chimezie Metu scored a career-high 21 points off the bench.
UCLA (11-7, 2-3) used a 7-0 scoring run to take a 17-13 lead in the first half, but USC came right back by scoring 13 unanswered points to reclaim the lead and maintain it the rest of the way.
The Trojans, who led by 18 points at halftime, pushed their margin to 21 points (58-37) at the 17:19 mark.
UCLA used an 11-0 scoring run to reduce the Trojans' cushion to 10 points (58-48) in the game's next four minutes. The Bruins trimmed the lead to single-digits, 78-69, after a Parker dunk with 5:04 to play, but McLaughlin hit a three-pointer, one of his five in the game, just one minute later to regain momentum and increase USC's advantage to 12.
Parker and Isaac Hamilton each recorded double-doubles, with Parker adding 12 rebounds to his 27 points and Hamilton recording 10 points and 10 rebounds, along with a season-high eight assists.
UCLA's Thomas Welsh added 16 points with seven rebounds, and Aaron Holiday scored 11 points.
The Bruins will return to action at Oregon State on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The game will be televised live on ESPNU at 8 p.m. (PT).

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