Bruins Rally Past Trojans, 72-69

Jan. 29, 2005

Final Stats

By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Dijon Thompson scored eight of his 24 points in the final4:45, and UCLA rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to beat SouthernCalifornia 72-69 Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak to its crosstownrival.

Thompson, a senior who scored only 12 points combined in disappointinghomecourt losses to Stanford and California in UCLA's previous two games, madetwo free throws with 56.9 seconds left to snap a 69-69 tie.

After USC committed its 19th and final turnover, Thompson made another foulshot with 16.3 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.

Nick Young missed a 3-pointer that could have tied the game, and UCLA'sJordan Farmar got the rebound. Farmar missed a foul shot with 5.5 seconds toplay, but teammate Michael Fey got the rebound and time expired before theTrojans could foul him.

Josh Shipp had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Bruins. Thompson alsohad seven rebounds, helping UCLA win the rebounding battle 21-12 in thedecisive second half and 36-31 overall.

The Bruins (11-6, 5-4 Pac-10) snapped a three-game losing streak despitecommitting 21 turnovers - 13 in the first half.

Young equaled a career high with 22 points, and also had seven rebounds.Fellow freshman Gabe Pruitt added 19 points for USC (9-11, 2-7).

The Trojans' four-game winning streak over UCLA was their longest since theybeat the Bruins 42 straight times from 1932-43.

UCLA leads the series 120-98.

Thompson's short jumper gave the Bruins a 69-67 lead, but Gregg Guentherscored from underneath to tie it with 2:16 left.

Thompson, a senior averaging nearly 17 points per game, scored six during a12-4 UCLA run to start the second half that cut USC's lead to 47-37.

A follow shot by Thompson capped a 14-2 spurt and gave the Bruins theirfirst lead, 56-54, with 8:11 remaining.

After a three-point play by Derrick Craven gave USC a one-point lead, ArronAfflalo made two 3-pointers to put UCLA on top 62-57. But a 3-pointer by Pruittand a layup by Guenther tied the game at 62 with 5:28 left.

Neither team led by more than two points after that until Thompson's finalfoul shot.

Coming off lackluster performances against Stanford and California, theBruins came out flat again.

Pruitt scored eight straight points to cap a 12-1 run that gave the Trojansa 19-7 lead before Farmar made two free throws for his only points of the firsthalf.

The Bruins had two field goals in the first 2:03, but didn't make anotheruntil Thompson's short jumper with 7:12 left in the half cut USC's lead to21-13. The only reason it was that close was because the Trojans had a dryspell lasting more than 4{ minutes.

UCLA drew within five points by making five foul shots. It was 28-23 whenLodrick Stewart made a 3-pointer to trigger a 15-2 run in the last 3:06 of thehalf, giving the Trojans a 43-25 lead. Pruitt and Young each had three-pointplays following steals during the spurt.

The Bruins shot 6-of-22 in the first half and 16-of-28 in the second. TheTrojans shot 17-of-32 in the first half and 11-of-30 after that.

Stewart, USC's leading scorer, was held to five points.

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