It's not rocket science. When your opponent starts the game with a 9-0 run, you're going to have a hard time winning the basketball game.
That's exactly how tonight's game started. it didn't get much better. The Bruins did come back and cut it the margin to three with about fourteen and a half minutes to play. That lasted until the thirteen minute mark when Katin Reinhardt hit a three and double the Southern Cal lead to six.
The Trojans controlled the rest of the first half with their lead fluctuating between as few as seven and as many as thirteen. The teams went into the locker rooms with Southern Cal leading by thirteen.
In many ways, the first half felt like a repeat of last week's game against Washington at home where UCLA allowed Washington to lead all game before making a heroic run late in the game.
The Bruins kept the game close enough that, if you were watching, you just hoped that UCLA would go on that big run.
Tony Parker cut the Trojan lead to nine with a jumper with 14:13 to go in the game, but Reinhardt hit a three to make it a twelve-point lead for Southern Cal.
At the ten minute mark, GG Goloman's layup cut it to ten. But, the Trojans took a fourteen-point lead after Bennie Boatwright's three with about six and a half minutes to go.
With five minutes to go, UCLA finally went on a seven point run with a Bryce Alford three-pointer and free throw following a technical foul on Chimezie Metu for grabbing the rim. Isaac Hamilton added a three to make it a six-point game.
That was the end of the Bruin comeback as Southern Cal went on a 18-5 run to close it out.
Julian Jacobs led all scorers with 17 points for the Trojans while Aaron Holiday led the Bruins with 15.
UCLA is now 4-6 in conference play for just the third time in 65 years. Yeah. We're that bad.