USC 69

(12-16, 4-12 Pac-12)


(15-9, 9-7 Pac-12)

    10:30 PM ET, February 24, 2005

    Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California

    1 2 T
    USC 33 3669
    UCLA 49 4190

    Top Performers

    USC: J. McMillan 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    UCLA: D. Thompson 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    UCLA 90, USC 69

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The UCLA Bruins rang up a string of impressive individual numbers and still had fine teamwork in a rout of crosstown rival USC.

    Freshman Arron Afflalo had the gaudiest stats, logging career highs of 22 points and nine rebounds in the Bruins' 90-69 win Thursday night against the Trojans.

    Dijon Thompson added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Michael Fey chipped in with 15 points and eight rebounds. Jordan Farmar had six assists to go with his nine points.

    The Bruins had 22 assists to the Trojans' 12, and outrebounded them 42-26. UCLA shot 61 percent from the floor -- including 7-of-8 for Afflalo -- to USC's 42 percent.

    UCLA coach Ben Howland liked what he saw.

    "We were making plays for others, sharing the ball, and that's contagious," he said. "We played good team defense and good individual defense. We outboarded them.

    "I'm a happy guy."

    So were his players.

    "Whenever you get a career high in points and rebounds, it's a good game," Afflalo said.

    Said Thompson: `This is one of the best games we've played all year. We shared the ball, were unselfish."

    Fey was on the receiving end of a lot of passes, frequently open for uncontested dunks.

    "We did a good job of penetrating and attacking the zone to get some easy dump-offs," Fey said. "We had a highlight reel going tonight."

    Heading down the stretch of the season, the Bruins (15-9, 9-7 Pac-10) hope to finish strongly to enhance their chances of an NCAA tournament bid.

    They led 49-33 at halftime and extended the lead to as many as 32 points in the second half before both teams began substituting freely.

    Jeff McMillan led USC (11-16, 4-12) with 17 points and eight rebounds. The Trojans, in the conference cellar, also got 11 points from Rory O'Neil.

    Jim Saia, playing out the string of his interim assignment as head coach until Tim Floyd takes over April 1, was embarrassed by the Trojans' performance.

    "It's not about losing, it's how we lost. That wasn't USC basketball," Saia said. "You've got to play defense and we didn't stop anybody.

    "It was our worst game."

    Fey had 11 first-half points to help UCLA build its 16-point lead.

    Triggering their offense with tenacious defense, the Bruins reeled off a 14-0 string during a four-minute span to open a 49-30 lead late in the first half.

    The Bruins had an easier time of it in the rematch after having to rally from an 18-point halftime deficit in a 72-69 win on Jan. 29. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak against USC and was UCLA's first on the Trojans' court since 2001.

    UCLA leads the all-time series 129-98.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 69 90
    FG Made-Attempted 27-65 (.415) 34-56 (.607)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-24 (.417) 5-12 (.417)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 17-25 (.680)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 32

    2004-05 Season

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