Sunday, February 4, 2018

UCLA Wins Crosstown Showdown Over USC, 82-79

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LOS ANGELES - UCLA defeated crosstown rival USC, 82-79, in front of a raucous crowd of 12,837 in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh each scored over 20 points to lead the Bruins, scoring 23 and 21 points respectively.

On his birthday, Welsh came up big down the stretch, hitting a three-pointer with 51.5 seconds to play to put UCLA ahead, 80-77. Welsh followed by hitting two clutch free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining to give UCLA its final three-point margin.

The Bruins (16-7, 7-4 in the Pac-12) trailed by 11, 27-16, with 11:19 to play in the first half but rallied with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to one. Holiday's three-pointer at 6:27 in the first half gave UCLA the lead, 30-29, and a three-pointer by Jaylen Hands put UCLA ahead 36-34, but USC closed the half with a 7-4 run that gave the Trojans the 41-40 halftime lead.

In the second half, USC (17-7, 8-3) went on a 14-2 run to pull ahead, 69-60, with 8:09 to play, but Holiday keyed a 7-0 Bruin run with a pair of three-pointers to cut the deficit to two.

With USC up 69-67 with 4:53 to play, Alex Olesinski was called for a foul while battling for rebound, and USC's Nick Rakocevic was called for a technical on the same play. The play turned out to be a four-point swing, as Rakocevic missed both of his free throws, while Holiday made both of his, tying the game at 69-69.

The Bruins and Trojans continued to trade leads in the final minutes. Jordan Matthews hit a three-pointer with 3:55 to play to give USC a 75-73 advantage, but Goloman answered back with a three of his own to put UCLA ahead, 76-75. With the game tied at 77, USC missed a layup, and Welsh hit his pivotal three-pointer to put UCLA ahead with 51.5 seconds left.

A pair of free throws by Elijah Stewart trimmed UCLA's lead to one, and G.G. Goloman missed the front end of a one-and-one with 30 seconds remaining. The Trojans were unable to capitalize, however, as Aaron missed a jumper. Welsh grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 11.2 seconds remaining. After Welsh made both free throws, USC missed two potential game-tying three-point attempts before time expired.

Kris Wilkes joined Holiday and Welsh in double-figure scoring with 13 points. Goloman added nine points. Stewart led USC with 20 points, and Chimezie Metu had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

UCLA shot 51.8% from the field, while USC shot 42.9%.
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