Trojans Trounce UCLA 76-69
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Desmon Farmer scored 28 points and Southern Californiadefeated UCLA 76-69 Wednesday night, snapping its three-game losing streak andextending the Bruins' skid to four games.
The Trojans (9-9, 4-5 Pac-10) have won four of their last five games againstthe Bruins, including three in a row that began with last season's sweep. Itwas just USC's second victory since 1993 at Pauley Pavilion.
Errick Craven added 18 points for the Trojans, who are last in the Pac-10 inscoring defense. They came in having given up 80.9 points, but they held UCLAto 24 points in the first half.
UCLA's Ryan Hollins finished with a career-high 21 points and Dijon Thompsonadded 11. The Bruins committed 18 turnovers.
The Bruins (9-7, 5-4) rallied from a 22-point deficit early in the secondhalf with improved defense to get within three points with 2:33 remaining. Theytrailed 64-45 when they outscored USC 23-8, including consecutive 3-pointersand another basket by Thompson.
Trailing 71-68, UCLA point guard Cedric Bozeman turned the ball over intraffic. USC's Errick Craven was fouled at the other end and made 1-of-2 freethrows for a 72-68 lead.
T.J. Cummings missed a jumper for UCLA, then Farmer was fouled onconsecutive possessions. But he failed to convert either of the one-and-onesituations as the Trojans clung to a four-point lead.
Bozeman made one of two free throws to draw the Bruins to 72-69 with 28seconds left. Errick Craven missed another foul shot, but UCLA failed to takeadvantage when Janou Rubin was called for traveling with 20 seconds left.
Farmer made two free throws for a 74-69 lead with 17 seconds to go. Fansbegan pouring out of Pauley when USC called time-out. Cummings intentionallyfouled Gregg Guenther after the time-out, and the player who was a tight end onUSC's Rose Bowl-winning football team made both free throws with five secondsleft.
USC scored the game's first five points on its way to a 44-24 halftime lead.The Trojans dominated on the strength of a 29-11 run, including nine points byErrick Craven and seven by Farmer.
Much of USC's early scoring was keyed by steals. The Trojans, who lead thePac-10 in that category, had six in the first half and nine for the game. Theyalso shot 56 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes.
The Bruins shot 33 percent in the first half, when Hollins was their onlystarter to score any points. They got 13 from him, and just 11 from theirreserves.
UCLA's student section was especially tough on USC's cheerleaders, turningtheir backs whenever the squad took the floor during a timeout. The studentsalso shouted vulgarities about USC, but they had nothing to cheer about untilUCLA briefly revived itself in the second half.