USC Men's Basketball Falls to UCLA In Pac-12 Tournament Despite Boogie Ellis' 27 Points
LAS VEGAS — Boogie Ellis scored a season-high 27 points and was 5-of-9 from the 3-point line but it wasn't enough as 3-seed USC men's basketball fell to 2-seed UCLA, 69-59, at the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals on Friday.
Drew Peterson added 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Isaiah Mobley scored nine and grabbed seven rebounds.
The Trojans leave Las Vegas with just one win after beating Washington, 65-61, in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Despite making their first three shots, the Trojans never found an offensive rhythm. USC missed 13 of its next 15 shots and finished the game shooting just 39.6% from the field.
USC controlled the lead for most of the first seven minutes of the game but UCLA broke away with a 10-3 run that gave the Bruins the edge for the rest of the game. Despite Drew Peterson hitting a first-half buzzer-beater, the Trojans trailed 36-28 at halftime.
USC's luck in Vegas appeared to improve in the second half as Mobley's layup and Kobe Johnson's dunk brought the Trojans within four with 14:38 left in the game. UCLA immediately responded with a 7-0 run that built the Bruin lead to 11 points and sustained the advantage the rest of the game.
Ellis scored 18 of the Trojans' 31 points in the second half.
Reese Dixon-Waters (hip) missed Friday's game and is considered day-to-day.
USC entered Friday's game with a NET ranking of No. 32 and is considered a virtual lock to compete in this year's NCAA Tournament. The Trojans await their seeding, opponent and site on Selection Sunday.