USC basketball finished off the sweep of rival UCLA at a packed Galen Center Thursday night, 80-61.
The lowdown: Julian Jacobs won the tip and took it straight to the hoop for the opening basket before the Trojans surged to a 9-0 lead, one they would not give up.
It was Jacobs who brought the sold out Galen Center to its feet when he slammed home after a Jordan McLaughlin steal.
Midway through the half the Trojans took their first double digit lead on another Jacobs fastbreak lay up, but UCLA’s Isaac Hamilton hit a three to stem the tide.
Later Bryce Alford’s three did the same after Bennie Boatright free throws put USC up by 11.
Elijah Stewart surged into the game sinking a three and finishing an alley-oop slam as he scored the Trojans’ last nine points of the first half.
Nikola Jovanovic ensured the second half started much like the first with a dunk on USC’s first possession.
Tony Parker pulled UCLA back within single digits on a hook shot jumper, but Katin Reinhardt took it upon himself to restore the lead, first sinking a three and then nailing a jumper.
The Trojans were able to hold onto their lead and hold off another late Bruin comeback attempt which cut the lead to just six. Stewart came up with a key three-pointer as USC scored seven unanswered points to put the game away.
The takeaway: USC completed the double against UCLA as their progression under Andy Enfield continues to take effect.
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With the victory, the Trojans remained perfect at home with a 14-0 record.
Stifling defense kept UCLA’s shooting down to just 34% on the night while USC generated 14 turnovers and outscored the Bruins on the fastbreak 13-0.
Even though McLaughlin waited until well into the second half to get on the board as a scorer, he logged ten assists and looked back on his game.
Player of the game: Jordan McLaughlin; 9 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds
Stat of the game: USC had four players in double-digits — Elijah Stewart, Julian Jacobs, Katin Reinhardt and Bennie Boatwright.
Next on tap: USC will travel to Tempe to face Arizona State on Friday, February 12.