Trojans Fall To No. 18 Bruins, 66-45
Jan. 18, 2006
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jordan Farmar scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half and UCLA's defense stifled Southern California in the 18th-ranked Bruins' 66-45 victory over their crosstown rival Wednesday night.
The Trojans scored their fewest points in the series since 1969, when they won 46-44 at Pauley Pavilion. The margin of victory equaled last year's 90-69 victory by UCLA.
The Bruins (15-3, 5-2) extended their lead in the Pac-10 to two games over No. 10 Washington, California, Oregon and Stanford, all tied for second.
Arron Afflalo added 11 points and freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 10 points for UCLA.
The Trojans (12-6, 3-4) lost for the third time in four games.
Reserve Dwayne Shackleford led USC with 12 points, 10 in the second half. USC's two best players, Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young, were held to four and eight points, respectively. Young played the second half in foul trouble.
UCLA won its third straight over the Trojans, having swept the series last season after losing four in a row.
Mindful of USC's upset loss to Texas in the Rose Bowl national championship football game, UCLA fans mocked Trojan fans by flashing 'hook 'em horns' signs and chanting expletives.
Even with its lineup decimated by injuries, the Bruins used a size advantage and aggressive defense to put the game away in the first half.
The Bruins burst out of the gate on an 18-2 run, getting four 3-pointers in the spurt, three by Farmar. They kept it up and led 29-7 on a 3-pointer by Michael Roll off a steal and pass by Farmar.
After that, the Trojans outscored the Bruins 12-10, but trailed 39-19 at halftime. USC committed 12 turnovers and shot 27 percent in the half.
UCLA started three freshmen and two sophomores because of injuries to Josh Shipp, Lorenzo Mata and Cedric Bozeman.
Things got worse for USC in the second half.
Trailing 45-23, the Trojans' Ryan Francis was called for a foul. USC's Tim Floyd, coaching his first game in the rivalry, angrily tossed a crumpled piece of paper, then kicked it under the bench for a technical. Afflalo made both free throws and Ryan Hollins dunked, stretching UCLA's lead to 49-23.
Young's dunk off an alley-oop pass gave USC fans a rare chance to cheer. Then, UCLA scored six straight for a 55-26 lead. After Afflalo and Darren Collison each missed, Mbah a Moute grabbed the rebound and scored inside.