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USC hoops takes down UCLA

Posted: January 13, 2016 11:08 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2016 11:08 p.m.
Southern California forward Nikola Jovanovic (32) gets past UCLA forward Tony Parker (23) as he drives to the basket Wednesday at Pauley Pavilionin in Los Angeles. Southern California forward Nikola Jovanovic (32) gets past UCLA forward Tony Parker (23) as he drives to the basket Wednesday at Pauley Pavilionin in Los Angeles.
Southern California forward Nikola Jovanovic (32) gets past UCLA forward Tony Parker (23) as he drives to the basket Wednesday at Pauley Pavilionin in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan McLaughlin scored 23 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and Southern California defeated UCLA 89-75 Wednesday night to end a six-game skid against its crosstown rival.

Chimezie Metu added a career-high 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting and Katin Reinhardt had 14 points for the Trojans (15-3, 4-1 Pac-12), who are off to their best start in league play since going 5-0 to open the 2001-02 season.

Tony Parker had 27 points and 12 rebounds for UCLA (11-7, 2-3). Thomas Welsh added 16 points and Isaac Hamilton had 10 rebounds for the Bruins, whose 12-game home league winning streak was snapped. Bryce Alford, who was averaging 17.4 points, was held to nine after being named Pac-12 player of the week.

The Bruins trailed by 21 points early in the second half when they ran off 11 in a row to close to 58-48. Parker began and ended the run with baskets sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Aaron Holiday.

Julian Jacobs scored six of USC's next 10 points to push the team's lead to 68-53. The Bruins outscored the Trojans 16-10 to cut their deficit to 78-69, getting under single digits for the first time in the second half. McLaughlin answered with his third 3-pointer of the half and USC led 81-69.

The Bruins didn't get any closer the rest of the game, with the teams fouling in the closing minutes.

UCLA opened the game with a 17-13 run, including eight points by Parker. The Trojans responded by outscoring UCLA 35-13, including 12 straight points, the rest of the half to lead 48-30 at the break. After the Bruins' initial flurry, they were held to 4 of 20 shooting in the final 11 minutes.

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