LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julian Jacobs scored 17 points and Southern California led all the way to beat UCLA 77-61 on Thursday night for the Trojans’ 14th consecutive home victory that moved them into a tie for second in the Pac-12.
Elijah Stewart added 16 points and Katin Reinhardt had 13 for the Trojans (18-5, 7-3), who tied idle Washington in the standings. They equaled the second-longest home winning streak in school history and are off to their best start since 1991-92 when they were 18-4.
Aaron Holiday led UCLA with 15 points before fouling out in the closing seconds. Tony Parker added 13 points and Thomas Welsh had 12 rebounds for the Bruins (13-10, 4-6), who have lost three of their last four. They shot a season-low 35 percent.
UCLA made one run late in the second half, scoring seven straight points to get to 62-56. Bryce Alford had a 3-pointer and a free throw after Chimezie Metu received a technical for grabbing the rim, and Isaac Hamilton hit a 3. Alford was held to 10 points on 3 of 13 shooting.
Stewart answered with a 3-pointer that extended USC’s lead to 65-56. The Trojans closed the game on a 15-5 run.
Earlier in the second, the Bruins cut their deficit to 48-39 after Parker scored six straight points. Reinhardt answered with a 3-pointer and another basket to restore USC’s double-digit lead.
UCLA trailed 39-28 at the break.
USC didn’t waste any time being aggressive, with Jacobs scoring five seconds into the game off the opening tip. The Trojans kept up their energy throughout the half, outscoring UCLA 14-5 for their largest lead, 35-21. Reinhardt and Stewart hit consecutive 3-pointers and Stewart dunked off an alley-oop pass from Jordan McLaughlin to cap the spurt. McLaughlin finished with nine points after not scoring until the game’s final 5:22.
UCLA: The Bruins got swept by the Trojans in the regular season for the first time since 2009-10, having lost 89-75 last month. … They fell to 7-3 all-time at Galen Center after winning their previous four meetings here.
USC: It was the first sellout at 10,258-seat Galen Center since Jan. 9, 2011, when the Trojans beat the Bruins 63-52. … F Darion Clark will be out a couple weeks with a dislocated right shoulder. … Football coach Clay Helton attended. … Former Trojan Gus Williams, a three-time letterman from 1973-75, had his No. 10 jersey retired at halftime. … Former USC football player A.C. Cowlings, who famously drove O.J. Simpson in the slow-speed white Bronco chase, was on his feet cheering his alma mater’s game-opening 9-0 run.
UCLA: Visits No. 23 Arizona on Feb. 12.
USC: Visits Arizona State on Feb. 12.
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