January 5, 2014 by Seth Rubinroit
By Seth Rubinroit
The game was billed as the first rivalry game between new coaches Steve Alford and Andy Enfield.
It was another Alford, however, who stole the show.
The coach’s son, Byrce, finished with 20 points, his career high. He made 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc in UCLA’s 107-73 victory over USC Sunday afternoon.
What Went Wrong
- Slow start: After Omar Oraby made the opening basket of the game for the Trojans, UCLA scored the next 11 points. USC went into halftime trailing 56-34. “In the first half, for some reason we didn’t look like the same team as the last three weeks,” Enfield said. “I don’t know if it was emotional or if they were a little nervous to be out there. We made some really unusual turnovers for us.”
- Guard play: Offensively, the Trojans had 17 turnovers. Defensively, UCLA’s guards combined to score 90 points. “It’s pretty simple,” Enfield said. “Their guards played great and our guards played poorly.”
- Attacking the zone: USC struggled to penetrate against UCLA’s zone, and the outside shots weren’t falling. The Trojans made 5-of-19 shots from behind the arc. “One of our weaknesses is our streaky perimeter shooting,” Enfield said.
- Free throws: The Trojans only made 16-of-30 free throws (53.3%).
Tldr: pretty much everything.
What Went Right
I asked Enfield what positives the Trojans could take away from this game.
“None,” he said.
I then asked Byron Wesley.
“I don’t think there are any positives,” Wesley said. “Any time you lose, it’s tough, but when you lose by that many points to your rivals, there’s really no positives.”
I tried once again with J.T. Terrell.
“It opens our eyes to what we have to work on next week in practice,” Terrell said.
So there you have it.
Freshmen Get First Taste of the Rivalry
Freshman Roschon Prince grew up watching USC and UCLA play on television. He got his first taste of playing in the rivalry Sunday, and made an immediate impact.
On his first offensive possession, Prince gathered the offensive rebound and scored. He made both of his shot attempts in the game and finished with six points.
Two other freshmen–Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic–started for the Trojans. Jacobs had 10 points and five rebounds, while Jovanovic recorded three points and four rebounds.
Despite what FOX Sports 1 says, Jovanovic is a 19-year-old freshman, not 114 years old:
The Trojans host Arizona State on Thursday.
“This was only the first [Pac-12] game,” Wesley said. “You have to have shot-term memory and get locked in for Thursday.”