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UCLA Basketball Loses To USC, 75-71

The ten-game win-streak, the dominant win over Arizona, the massive win over then-seventh-ranked Missouri and every win in between has built UCLA basketball’s mirage of success and hope for the 2012-13 season.

UCLA lost to the USC Trojans in overtime on Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion, 75-71.

The Trojans took a 23-21 lead with six minutes left in the first half and did not find itself trailing for the rest of regulation. At one point, USC’s lead ballooned to 15 in the second half, with Jio Fontan’s jumper giving the Trojans a 52-37 lead with 14 minutes left in the contest.

UCLA would rally late and improbably tie the game on the last minute off of a Jordan Adams jumper with 32 seconds left.

The Bruins would then go on to take their first lead in well over 25 minutes when Jordan Adams converted a lay-up in overtime to put the Bruins up, 69-67. USC would respond with a three-pointer from Jio Fontan but Shabazz Muhammad answered right back with a lay-up to put UCLA ahead one last time.

The Trojans then managed to earn a go-ahead lay-up with 96 seconds left on the clock and after a few messy offensive possessions, the Trojans were content with making free-throws to ice the game and improve to 9-13 on the year and 4-5 in conference play.

With the loss, the Bruins fall to 16-6 in the 2012-13 season and 6-3 in the Pac-12.

UCLA has lost three of their last four contests and with this most recent one, the fate of head coach Ben Howland is looking more and more grim.

UCLA is set to take on the Washington Huskies at Pauley Pavilion next Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m. PT.

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  • George B

    Hey Carlos, this loss really s-u-c-k-s but I believe it is mainly due to the lack of an interior presence as we will lose a lot more to teams that are physical and have a decent PF or C.

    I saw someone on another board talking about Conor McDermott on the football team being a former McDonalds All American Center Finalist in basketball and why he is not asked to join the team. Do you have any connections at UCLA where you can at least ask? Maybe even talk to Conor about his interest? Maybe Howland doesn’t even know he’s on campus? I’m really worried about our future with Parker and the thin frontcourt with or without him next year.

    You never know who might turn out to be the next Aboya or Mata so I’m just wondering about this. I did see he has a Twitter acct (@mcdermottc11) but don’t see him tweeting lately.

    Great site and will be back often to check.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      Whoa, that’s interesting. I’m looking it up and yeah, you’re right — perhaps his heart was in football but how cool would it be if we added him? I don’t trust Howland to develop him but still.

      I don’t know if I’ll hustle him like that and I never have seen him around. I’m sure he’d be down to talk or something, he’s not exactly well known tho.

      • George B

        Yeah, just from looking around on the net, it seems he basically came to UCLA because his big brother told the coaches about him and they had an extra ride…maybe. He was a 2 star football player but he was a star basketball player in Tenn. winning a state championship and was being pursued by some east coast schools. And the guy he beat out for Mr. Basketball in 2011 is now the #6 PF in the 2013 class (http://espn.go.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/139034/austin-nichols ) so he did go up against some tough competition, I believe.

        Who knows, it may just be that the stars didn’t align then but to have a McDonalds AA Finalist PF/C in your own backyard and not even see if he can compete at this level would be a crime. He does tweet about hanging out with some of the BB players so they must know his background but maybe it’s so obvious that they’re not putting 2 and 2 together.

        Perhaps you can casually ask one of the staff or asst. coaches if they know about him because one of your readers brought it up? If he has any interest and they ask him to join, I’m sure he would love to put on that UCLA BB jersey and possibly contribute right away because his upside seems to be in BB more than FB. You never know unless you ask, right? And as much as I disklike Howland now, we may be 1 decent frontcourt player (like Zidek in ’95) away from a FF caliber team.

        P.S. Tony Gonzalez, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Arik Armstead. No reason he can’t play both sports as well. Especially if he’s going to be a mainly a Long Snapper like his brother Kevin.