The USC Trojans failed to get revenge against crosstown rival UCLA Saturday at the Galen Center, falling 83-73 as the Bruins achieved the season sweep.
USC dropped its ninth conference game and remain at the bottom of the Pac-12 with an overall record of 10-13.
Byron Wesley finished with 27 points, making 4-5 three point attempts.
Norman Powell led the Bruins with 21 points.
Things looked positive for the Trojans at halftime. USC led by six. Wesley topped all scorers with 18 and despite some turnovers and poor free throw shooting, the men of Troy largely controlled the game.
In fact, USC led by as much as ten in the first half and it seemed as though there would be no repeat of the performance that saw the Trojans trailing by 22 at the half earlier this year at Pauley Pavilion.
The second half was a different story however.
UCLA came to life after the break and it didn’t take long for them to take control of the game. While the Trojans started things off with a turnover, Powell, who accounted for nine of the Bruins 19 points to start the half, took over and pushed UCLA into the lead.
As Trojan shooting went cold, UCLA built a lead as large as 15.
Pe’Shon Howard came on late to chip away at the Bruin lead and the Trojans made things interesting in the final minutes by pulling within seven. However, the deficit was too much to overcome.