The UCLA Bruins (12-2, 1-0) simply wrecked the USC Trojans (9-5, 0-1) in both team’s conference opener and won, 107-73. This is the team’s first meeting since USC’s coach Andy Enfield infamously said, “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA”. Today, UCLA and their head coach Steve Alford, proved them wrong. They really proved them wrong.
The game started in the absolute worst way it could for USC. Their 7’2″ captain, Omar Oraby, nearly got a flagrant foul for his elbow which introduced itself to Travis Wear’s skull. A few minutes later, he went down with an apparent ankle sprain. Not only that, he picked up two quick fouls which limited his minutes in the half. USC, as a team, had six turnovers in the first five minutes. They ended the half with a total of 13.
If Enfield’s comments about UCLA were not enough to fuel the Bruin’s fire, his team’s performance in the first half did not help. UCLA took advantage of all the Trojan mistakes and absolutely pummeled them.
UCLA lead at the half, 56-34. These Bruins were serious, shooting 22-for-37 (59.5%) on field goals and 6-for-12 (50%) on three pointers. With only half a game played, the Bruins already had three Bruins scoring in double-digits. Bryce Alford (15), Kyle Anderson (14) and Jordan Adams (13) lead an offensive charge that carried over into the second half.
The bloodletting continued, as the Bruins did not ease up on the gas. They scored over hundred points for only the third time this season, as USC joins Chattanooga and Nevada as the newest team to be victimized by UCLA hitting the century mark. It was also the first time the Bruins scored over 100 points against USC since 1988.
The three top scorers of the first half continued their scoring dominance as Anderson (23), Adams (21) and Alford (20) gave the Bruins their first game of the season with three players scoring 20 or more points
Even though it was a team effort, it was the other Alford, Korey, who sealed history for the Bruins as he made a free-throw to give UCLA 107 points for the game, which ties the record for most points in a game versus USC. That record goes all the way back to 1967.
1967. Anything of note happen in that year, UCLA fans?
The two teams next meet at the Galen Center on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m.