Twin Brothers Wear Down USC In UCLA’s 64-54 Win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Wear had 16 points and 13 rebounds and twin brother Travis Wear had 14 points and 11 boards, helping UCLA beat Southern California 64-54 on Wednesday night to sweep the season series between the crosstown rivals.
Jerime Anderson had 14 points and five assists for the Bruins (15-11, 8-6 Pac-12), who led by double-digits for most of the night. They held a 46-25 rebounding edge.
Byron Wesley scored 16 points and Garrett Jackson had 15 for USC (6-21, 1-13), which put together a late push to make the final score more respectable.
Travis Wear recorded his first career double-double.
The game was played at the Sports Arena, near the campus of USC, with UCLA as the home team. The Bruins have spent the season playing off campus as Pauley Pavilion undergoes a dramatic renovation. USC called the Sports Arena home from 1959-2006.
The Bruins dominated from the onset. They scored the first six points of the game and led 10-2 less than five minutes in. David Wear had four of the points.
UCLA center Joshua Smith was whistled for a flagrant foul when he sent Wesley sprawling to the floor while attempting to block a dunk. The physical play momentarily ignited the Trojans, who closed within 25-14.
Anderson scored the last two buckets of the half, including a baseline jumper at the buzzer, to give the Bruins a 31-16 lead at the break.
The Trojans weren’t able to get many open looks en route to shooting 24 percent in the half. They also missed all seven of their 3-point tries.
Trailing by 20 points, USC showed some life by scoring seven straight early in the second half. UCLA halted the run and later put together a 9-0 surge to restore order before the Trojans closed within 10 in the waning minutes.