USC topples #21 UCLA 66-48 to move into first place in the Pac-12

USC Trojans #20 Ethan Anderson (G) looking for a open teammate to pass the ball to. William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

2/6/21 LOS ANGELES, Ca - The first game of the two-part Los Angeles City bragging rights for basketball between the USC Trojans (14-3, Pac-12, 9-2) and the #21 UCLA Bruins (13-3, Pac-12, 9-2) took place Saturday night, with first place on the line in the Pac-12 Conference at the Galen Center.

USC beat UCLA by eighteen-points, 66-48 and moved to the top of the Pac-12 Conference. UCLA was without three players, Cody Riley (right ankle), Chris Smith( left-ACL), and Jalen Hill (personal reasons).

Evan Mobley leads USC in scoring, averaging 16.8 ppg, followed by Tahj Eaddy 12.6 ppg, and Drew Peterson 10.2 ppg. Jaime Jaquez Jr. leads UCLA in scoring, averaging 12.6 ppg, Johnny Juzung 11.9 ppg, Tyger Campbell 11.5 ppg, and Cody Riley 10.6.

UCLA led 6-2, after a layup by Tyger Campbell. USC would tie the game 6-6 after a jump shot by Drew Peterson. Isaiah Mobley made a bank shot that gave the Trojans an 8-6 lead.

Ethan Anderson made a three-pointer that gave the Trojans a five-point lead, 11-6 with 14:25 left in the first half. The Bruins Jalen Clark three-point shot had the Bruins down 12-9.

UCLA Bruins #10 Tiger Campbell (G) pushing the ball upcourt. Photo by William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

Anderson made another three-point giving USC a 17-11 lead with 10:35 left in the first half. UCLA trail 17-16 after a three-pointer by Jake Kyman with 8:16 left in the first half.

The Trojans went scoreless for a few minutes until a three-pointer by Noah Baumman gave USC a six-point lead, 24-18, with 3:12 left in the first half. Eaddy made a three-pointer that gave USC a nine-point lead, 27-18.

Eaddy made another three-point shot for the Trojans increased their lead to 30-18 with 1:01 left in the first half. USC will have to give credit to their defense for leading at halftime 30-20. The Bruins offense was struggling without Riley and Hill.

Eaddy made a layup in the second half that gave the Trojans a 36-24 lead. Anderson running floater gave USC a 38-29 lead with 14:25 left in the game. Anderson had made two three-pointers in a roll that gave the Trojans a 44-34 lead with 12:54 left in the game.

Anderson continued his hot shooting, made another three-point shot making the score 48-36. Juzang jump shot had the Bruins down 50-38 with 10:18 left in the game.

Anderson made a reverse layup that gave USC a seven-teen point lead, 55-38 lead with 9:09 left in the game. The Trojans defense was intense and continue to smoother UCLA on offense.

USC did not let up on their cross-town rivals leading 58-39, after a pair of free throws by Max Agbonkpolo. UCLA Mac Etienne dunk made the score 58-44 with 6:43 left in the game.

USC Trojans #2 Tahj Eaddy (G) being pressure by UCLA Bruins defenders. Photo by William Johnson/T.G.Sportstv1.

The Trojans were leading by sixteen points, 62-46 after a free throw by Eaddy with 4:04 left in the game. Eaddy made another basket giving USC a 66-48 lead with 48 seconds left in the game.

USC went on to beat their cross-town rivals UCLA 66-48 and moved into first place in the Pac-12 Conference. Anderson led USC in scoring with 19-points, 5 of 7 from the three-point arc, and Eaddy 16-points. Juzang was the leading scorer for the Bruins with 13-points.

UCLA shot poorly in the game, made 21 of 62 shots from the floor, 33.9 percent, and 3 of 19 from the three-point arc, 15.8 percent. USC made 23 of 56 shots,41.1 percent, and three-point range 9 of 26, 34.6 percent.

"You're not winning games scoring 48 points," UCLA coach Mick Cronin said. "We didn't come close to making enough (shots) to give ourselves a chance against a good team. They're a team that, in my mind, easily could have one loss."

Anderson played some of his basketball so far this season after being out for about three weeks with a back injury, made some big shots for the USC Trojans.

"Ethan played tremendous basketball on both ends," USC coach Andy Enfield said. "Tonight was a great game to get his confidence where it needs to be for us to compete in the next eight games."

USC's next games will be in Washington as they take on the Washington Huskies on Thursday, February 11, and Saturday, February 13, the Washington State Cougars. For more photos from this game click, on the link below.

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