The law of averages finally caught up with the rivalry as Mick Cronin won his first game vs. USC in six attempts.
The key was USC’s 15 turnovers while UCLA had only 1. UCLA ended up shooting only 45 percent and 3 for 11 on 3-pointers.
But USC didn’t get much from some of its main performers: Boogie Ellis made only 5 of 14 shots. Drew Peterson was 4 for 9. Isaiah Mobley had 20 points but for much of the game he guarded Jaime Jaquez, who had 27.
Would you be surprised if these teams played again in the Pac-12 Tournament?
USC will face the winner of Utah-Washington on Thursday at 8:30 pm in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals.
The comeback falls short as UCLA holds on for a 75-68 victory.
USC was down 70-59 but is on 8-0 run.
Boogie Ellis just picked up fourth foul with 7:06 remaining. And Ethan Anderson has been ineffective.
UCLA on a 7-0 run and it’s 64-54.
Isaiah Mobley having a rough night trying to guard Jaime Jaquez (9-10 FGs).
Drew Peterson now up to 10 points and USC down 53-52.
Boogie Ellis with the 4-point play and it’s 47-47.
Isaiah Mobley has 13 points and USC cuts into lead (45-43).
UCLA breaks out the Victory Bell at halftime. Of course. It’s been a few years since they could do that.
UCLA leads 41-35 at haltime. USC is shooting 54 percent but UCLA is shooting 57 percent.
Key halftime stat: USC has 8 turnovers. UCLA has 1.
Peterson hits a three to finally get on the board. It’s 34-25.
Drew Peterson had two turnovers and zero points in 11 minutes. Not quite like the last time these teams played. UCLA is up, 25-19.
Morgan with a dunk and it’s 19-18, UCLA.
The Trojans stage a comeback and it’s 18-16 after 3-point play by Joshua Morgan.
UCLA on an 8-0 run and it’s 16-9. Andy “Thanks” Enfield calls timeout.
Isaiah Mobley has 5 of USC’s first 9 points. USC trails 10-9.
Each team made their first four shots.
It’s a blue-out at Pauley Pavilion with blue T-shirts on every seat.
Johnny Juzang is participating in warm-ups and looks like he will play tonight. Isaiah White (wrist) is out for USC.
Juzang is not starting.
UCLA honoring its seniors. Almost time for tipoff.