USC Upsets No. 15 UCLA 71-68
Feb. 19, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nick Young had 15 points and six rebounds, reserve Dwayne Shackleford scored all 12 of his points in the second half, and short-handed Southern California upset No. 15 UCLA 71-68 on Sunday night.
Lodrick Stewart scored 13 points, Ryan Francis had 12, and Abdoulaye Ndiaye added 10 for the Trojans (16-9, 7-7), who snapped a season-high three-game losing streak.
The Trojans won without second-leading scorer Gabe Pruitt, who missed his third straight game due to an injured left knee. USC had lost its last three games to UCLA including a 66-45 setback at Pauley Pavilion last month.
Jordan Farmar had 21 points and five assists, Arron Afflalo scored 19 points, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins (20-6, 10-4), who fell into a tie for first place in the Pac-10 with California.
UCLA has lost two straight after a five-game winning streak.
USC entered the game having been outrebounded by an average of 10 per game in its last nine games, and was outrebounded 34-24 by the Bruins.
But the Trojans shot 63.3 percent in the second half and 56.6 percent overall. The Bruins shot 10-for-23 from 3-point range, but just 14-for-36 otherwise for a 40.7 percent overall performance. And they were just 10-of-18 from the foul line.
Farmar scored five points and freshman Alfred Aboya four during a 13-0 run that gave the Bruins a 38-32 lead with 14:40 remaining. Francis went to the bench during the spurt after picking up his third and fourth fouls.
But the Trojans responded, scoring the game's next 13 points to go ahead 45-38, and they were on top the rest of the way. Shackleford, filling in for Francis, and Ndiaye scored four points during the run.
Shackleford's three-point play with 4:15 left made it 58-47, and a foul shot by Stewart with 1:04 to go made it 65-55.
The Bruins battled back, getting two 3-pointers from Michael Roll and five points from Farmar during an 11-4 run, cutting USC's lead to 69-66 with 17.4 seconds to play. But Sean Odzic made a layup five seconds later to clinch the victory.
UCLA had one final chance to tie the game, getting the ball with one second left following a USC turnover. But Roll's pass to Afflalo was off target and rolled out of bounds as time expired.
Young scored six points and USC's other starters had at least one basket each as the Trojans took a 17-9 lead in the first 8 1/2 minutes.
Afflalo had all but one of UCLA's points before Farmar scored five straight and Mbah a Moute added a dunk, cutting USC's lead to 17-16. The Trojans led 29-25 at halftime despite being outrebounded 23-11.
The game was UCLA's 133rd and last at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, where the Bruins have a 105-28 record. They shared the Sports Arena as a home court with USC from 1959-65. Starting next season, the Trojans will play their home games at the new Galen Center on campus.