Bruins start fast, win
UCLA jumps out to big early lead, cruises past Trojans
LOS ANGELES – Jordan Adams scored 20 points, four others scored at least 10 points and UCLA never trailed in a 75-59 victory over USC on Sunday.
The Bruins (20-7, 10-4 Pac-12) avenged a 75-71 overtime loss to the Trojans (12-15, 7-7) earlier this season.
Kyle Anderson, Larry Drew II and Shabazz Muhammad all scored 11 points, and David Wear had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins.
UCLA was ahead 7-0 before the Trojans scored a basket, and afterward interim USC coach Bob Cantu seemed to say the game was over at that point.
“We got down 7-0 right out of the gate and from that point it was tough to battle out of that,” said Cantu, whose chair collapsed as he sat down after the game.
“That’s about how the night went,” he said.
Adams agreed with Cantu. “It helped a lot,” he said of the quick start. “We’re not really a catch-up team. We wanted to come out and throw the first punch.”
J.T. Terrell led USC with 17 points, including 14 in the second half to lead a late Trojans charge. Omar Oraby added 11 points.
UCLA came out on fire, making eight of its first 10 shots and racing to a 19-6 lead just over 5 minutes into the game. UCLA kept up that dominance and held a 47-26 lead at halftime – having shot 58.6 percent from the floor (17 of 29).