Toby Bailey scored 11 of his 24 points during a decisive 17-4 run early in the second half and No. 17 UCLA beat Southern California 82-60 Wednesday night to retain sole possession of first place in the Pacific-10 Conference.
The Bruins (16-7, 11-3) remained 1-1/2 games ahead of idle California (9-4), while the Trojans (14-9, 10-4) dropped to third, two games behind.
Southern California coach Henry Bibby, who helped UCLA to three NCAA titles in the early 1970s, watched the Trojans lose for the sixth straight time to their crosstown rival. Bibby is 0-3 against the Bruins in his second season.
Southern California controlled the first half, using full-court pressure and half-court trapping to go up by eight points twice in front of a raucous Pauley Pavilion record crowd of 13,382.
But then the Trojans’ offense went cold for nearly the final five minutes of the half as they made just one field goal. Charles O’Bannon scored seven points in an 11-0 run that put the Bruins ahead 29-28 at halftime.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.