LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Adams scored 20 points, four others scored at least 10 points and UCLA never trailed in a 75-59 victory over USC on Sunday.
The Bruins (20-7, 10-4 Pac-12) avenged a 75-71 overtime home loss to the Trojans (12-15, 7-7) earlier this season, and moved within a half-game of conference co-leaders No. 12 Arizona and No. 23 Oregon.
Kyle Anderson, Larry Drew II and Shabazz Muhammad all scored 11 points, and David Wear had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins, who shot 47.2 percent from the field.
J.T. Terrell led USC with 17 points, including 14 in the second half to lead a late Trojans charge. Omar Oraby contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
UCLA came out on fire, making eight of its first 10 shots and racing to a 19-6 lead just over 5 minutes into the game. The Bruins kept up that dominance and held a 47-26 lead at halftime. They led by as many as 25 points.
The Bruins led 64-44 with 9:09 remaining when the Trojans began to mount a furious comeback attempt. Terrell scored nine points to lead a 15-4 run, capped off by Byron Wesley’s layup that brought USC within nine points with 4:01 remaining.
But Adams responded with a bucket of his own to stop the momentum, and the Bruins didn’t allow the Trojans to score the rest of the game.
Things got heated between the two bitter rivals in the second half. Oraby and UCLA’s Norman Powell were both assessed technical fouls after a scrum under the Trojans’ basket, and USC’s Byron Wesley was assessed a flagrant foul after a hard foul on Muhammad as he drove to the basket.
UCLA won despite the absence of starting forward Travis Wear. Wear, the team’s third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, sustained a right foot injury in practice on Saturday.
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