February 8, 2014 by Seth Rubinroit
By Seth Rubinroit
USC handed out black shirts to students to “Black Out the Bruins.”
The players seemed to get the message as the Trojans shot “lights-out” in the first half, making 59.3% of their shots to go into halftime leading 41-35. Byron Wesley scored 18 of his game-high 27 points in the opening half.
In the second half, however, USC only shot 35.5% from the field, and ultimately fell to UCLA, 83-73.
“We didn’t come out after halftime with the same sense of urgency as the first half,” guard Pe’Shon Howard said.
Home Court Advantage
If you just watched the first half, you would not believe UCLA obliterated USC at Pauley Pavilion, 107-73, just over a month ago.
9,216 fans packed into the Galen Center to support the Trojans Saturday night.
“We had great student and fan support,” coach Andy Enfield said. “There was a lot of energy in this building.”
The student Enzone came out in full force, including USC’s starting quarterback:
Photo of the Night
No competition, as Nick Young (USC) and Jordan Farmar (UCLA) both brought their kids to the game:
Two Chicago Bulls were also at the Galen Center: USC’s Taj Gibson and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, who was sitting with Bulls general manager Gar Forman.