Bruins Dominated At Home By Crosstown Rivals
By Bruin Basketball Report
UCLA was run off its own floor this afternoon by USC, losing 67-46. It was the biggest margin of victory by a Trojan team over a Bruin team since the 1940s.
USC's Dwight Lewis started off quickly and hit five 3-pointers on his way to 24 points.
The Bruins had no answer for Lewis nor did they have an answer to the Trojans overwhelming talent and athleticism. USC was quicker to the ball, challenged every shot, and kept the Bruin shooters off balance all game long.
USC outshot UCLA 52% to 33.3% and outrebounded the Bruins 37-22.
Malcolm Lee and Michael Roll led the Bruins in scoring with 12 points apiece.
Senior Nikola Dragovic had a 0-5 shooting day after coming into the game hitting 52% from the field in Pac-10 conference games.
Despite being outplayed in every facet of the game, the Bruins were only down by 12 at halftime, 33-21. But the Trojans kept up their aggressive play on both ends of the court in the second half squashing any hope for any Bruin comeback.
UCLA (7-10, 2-3) will next face Washington on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.