LOS ANGELES -- Lazeric Jones scored 15 points and UCLA got untracked after an awful first half to beat rival Southern California 55-40 Wednesday in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament.
The fifth-seeded Bruins (19-13) advanced to a quarterfinal game Thursday at Staples Center against fourth-seeded Arizona, which got a first-round bye. The teams split in the regular season.Travis Wear scored 12 points and twin brother David had 10 rebounds as the Bruins completed a season sweep of the hapless Trojans, who lost their season-high 10th in a row.UCLA big man Joshua Smith didn't play in the first half at the decision of coach Ben Howland. He finished with five points and zero rebounds after picking up three fouls in less than a minute.USC (6-26) finished with a school-record number of losses. The 12th-seeded Trojans were led by freshman Byron Wesley with 13 points and Garrett Jackson with 11.
The Pac-12 just reached another new low...Colorado beat Utah 53-41. The 94 combined points are the fewest in a game in Pac-10/12 Tournament history.
UCLA defeated USC 55-40 in the 1st round of the Pac-12 Tournament. The 40 points by USC is tied for the fewest points scored by a team in Pac-10/12 Tournament history. Oregon lost to Washington State 62-40 in 2009. The 95 combined points are the 2nd-fewest in a game in Pac-10/12 Tournament history.