UCLA finishes sweep of USC with 83-73 winSouthern California center Omar Oraby, left, pokes UCLA guard Kyle Anderson in the face after blocking his shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Norman Powell scored 10 of his 21 points during a 3 1/2 minute span of the second half, Jordan Adams had 17 points and eight rebounds, and UCLA completed a season sweep of USC with an 83-73 victory on Saturday night.
Kyle Anderson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for UCLA (18-5, 7-3 Pac-12), helping the Bruins beat their archrivals for the seventh time in the last eight meetings.
Byron Wesley had 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists for USC (10-13, 1-9). The Trojans have lost four in a row and nine of 10, all against conference teams, following a 9-4 start against non-conference opponents. Two of those losses were to Stanford and Oregon State, marking the first back-to-back overtime defeats in school history.
UCLA equaled its highest point total ever against USC on Jan. 5 at Pauley Pavilion, scoring 36 points in transition during a 107-73 rout - the first time the schools faced each other in the conference opener since 1991.
Trojans 7-foot-2 center Omar Oraby fouled out of that one with more than 7 1-2 minutes remaining after injuring his left ankle early in the game, and played 14 minutes without a rebound. He had five points and six boards in the rematch.
The Bruins, trying to avoid the second-half blahs that plagued them in their previous three games, stormed out of the locker room after intermission with a 10-0 run that turned a six-point halftime deficit into a 45-41 lead with 17:13 left in the game. David Wear capped the rally with a 3-pointer, one of 10 by UCLA in 20 attempts.
J.T. Terrell hit a 3 and Nikola Jovanovic added a layup 20 seconds later to put the Trojans back in front 46-45 with 16:38 to play, but it was the last time they led. UCLA scored the next 14 points - including 3s by Powell and Adams - to build a 59-46 cushion, and USC got no closer than 78-71 on a three-point play by Wesley with 1:49 remaining.
Wesley, who had 21 points in the previous meeting, powered USC to a 41-35 halftime lead with 18 points while going 4 for 4 behind the arc. Neither team led by more than five until the junior guard from Rancho Cucamonga hit back-to-back 3s and added a layup during a 3 1-2 minute span to help the Trojans pull ahead 34-24 with 4:48 left in the half.
After each of Wesley's first two baskets, Oraby blocked a layup at the other end - one by Zach LaVine, the other by Tony Parker.
UCLA eventually cut the deficit to 35-33 with a layup by Wear, a 3-pointer by Adams and a pair of free throws by LaVine with 2:07 on the clock, but Wesley answered with another 3 and Pe'Shon Howard made a slick pass in the lane to D.J. Haley for a dunk with 4.2 seconds left. Howard finished with seven assists and 14 points.
Bruins coach Steve Alford came in 2-0 against the Trojans, both victories coming while he was coaching New Mexico.
This was the first time the Trojans and Bruins both began a season with new head coaches since the 1979-80 campaign, when Bob Boyd handed the reins to Stan Morrison after 13 seasons at the helm at USC. Over in Westwood, Larry Brown took over the Bruins after back-to-back conference championships and a combined 50-8 record in Gary Cunningham's two seasons there - both of which ended with UCLA as the second-ranked team in the nation.