It won’t erase the bitter memories of a 50-0 football drubbing, but for UCLA, it’s a start.
The Bruins took it to the reeling Trojans in their own expensive house from start to finish, pounding their crosstown rivals 66-47 in a game that USC were visible outclassed.
Losers of six in a row and still the only Pac-12 team without a conference win, the Trojans couldn’t muster much offensively after an optimistic start. Tied 9-9 halfway through the first half, UCLA blew the doors off the Galen Center with an efficient 15-1 run which all but settled the result.
USC has been prone to lapse into long scoring droughts this season, so once the Bruins found themselves up 37-19 at the half, there was little chance that the Trojans would come back. Predictably, Maurice Jones led all USC scorers with 13, and got little help all night.
It was a solid win for UCLA, but a win they should have gotten nonetheless. The real tests will come later this week when they travel north to visit Oregon and Oregon State, so consider the SC match a warm-up.
As the Bruins embark to Oregon, consider these five takeaways from the USC victory moving forward.