LOS ANGELES -- Malcolm Lee scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half and UCLA defeated Southern California 64-50 Wednesday night for its sixth win in seven games.
The Bruins (15-7, 7-3 Pac-10) stopped a four-game skid against their crosstown rival with a split of the season series. Joshua Smith added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench.Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and Alex Stepheson added 14 for the Trojans (12-11, 4-6), who have dropped two in a row and five of seven. The two big men were held to single-digit rebounds.UCLA led nearly the entire first half, then fell behind by one point early in the second before pulling away down the stretch. The Bruins earned the first double-digit lead of the game when Lee hit two free throws to make it 57-47 with 4:15 remaining.