No. 12 UCLA Suffers 67-64 Loss at No. 21 USC
LOS ANGELES – Tyger Campbell scored a career-high 27 points as the No. 12 UCLA men's basketball team lost at No. 21 USC, 67-64, in a Pac-12 contest at the Galen Center on Saturday night.
Campbell made 6 of 13 shots and was 13-for-14 at the free throw line. He scored nine points in the game's final six minutes to help the Bruins (17-5, 9-4) stay within striking distance of USC (21-4, 10-4).
USC's Drew Peterson scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds before a sellout crowd of 10,258 at the Trojans' home arena. Reese Dixon-Waters and Chevez Goodwin also added 10 points for the Trojans.
UCLA trailed by eight points, 65-57, with 40 seconds to play in regulation before reducing USC's advantage to 67-64. Campbell hit a jump shot at the 34-second mark and sank a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left, pulling UCLA to within 65-62.
With the Bruins behind, 67-62, Campbell made a pair of free throws with two seconds to play, trimming USC's cushion to three points (at 67-64).
USC (21-4, 10-4) attempted to inbound a pass but the ball was intercepted at the midcourt line by Jaylen Clark, who pushed the ball to Campbell. A last-second 3-point shot attempt by Campbell was unsuccessful, as USC held on for the 67-64 win.
"We had just talked about, when we were down by six you don't take bad threes," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "At the end of games, you have got to extend the game. You have to score, two of three. And we went and got fouled and extended the game, and that's why we had that chance, because we didn't take bad threes."
UCLA led by a 45-41 margin with 12:29 to play in the second half before the Trojans used a 13-3 scoring run to secure a 54-48 cushion with 6:32 left. Campbell helped the Bruins pull to within 54-50 on a layup with 5:42 to play. He was fouled on the play and made the ensuing free throw, before USC's Peterson connected from 3-point range to put the Trojans ahead, 57-51.
Saturday night's game featured nine ties and nine lead changes.
UCLA never led by more than four points at any point in the game. The Bruins had a four-point lead early in the first half and again (at 45-41) with under 13 minutes to play in the second half.
The Trojans finished the contest shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from 3-point territory (8-for-18).
UCLA's Johnny Juzang was the only other Bruin to have scored in double figures, totaling 12 points.
The Bruins will return to action against Washington State on Thursday, Feb. 17. Game time is 8 p.m. (PT) in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The game will be nationally televised on FS1.