January 16, 2012 in Sports

UCLA keeps USC winless in Pac-12 men’s basketball

Beth Harris Associated Press
 

LOS ANGELES – Travis Wear had 19 points and eight rebounds, and UCLA built an 18-point halftime lead en route to a 66-47 victory over Southern California on Sunday night to keep the Trojans winless in Pac-12 play with their sixth consecutive loss overall.

Lazeric Jones added 15 points for the Bruins (10-7, 3-2 Pac-12), who’ve won three in a row since the start of the new year.

They won on the road for just the second time, although the game was played at USC’s Galen Center, up the street from the Los Angeles Sports Arena where the Bruins are playing all of their home games this season.

After starting the season 2-5, UCLA has won eight of 10 and now sits tied for sixth place in the conference standings.

The Bruins overcame a simlar slow start (3-4) last year and went on to win 20 of their last 27 games to finish second in the then Pac-10 Conference.

Maurice Jones was the only player in double figures with 13 points for the Trojans (5-13, 0-5), who haven’t lost this many games in a row since they dropped seven straight in 2003.

Alexis Moore scored nine points and Aaron Fuller added eight for USC, which was outrebounded 39-17 by the Bruins.

The Trojans shot just 36 percent (18 of 50) from the field for the game and missed 12 of their 21 free-throw attempts.

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