USC (9-5, 0-1) entered having won five of six games, but were dominated by a more talented Bruins squad (12-2, 1-0), particularly at the guard position where Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Norman Powell, Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine combined for 89 points, 23 rebounds and 17 assists while the Trojans guards had 15 of the team's 17 turnovers.
A matchup nightmare at 6'9", Anderson tied a career high with 23 points (10-for-14 FG) and tied a season high with 12 rebounds from the point guard position. He also dished out five assists. Anderson's backup, Alford, came off the bench and poured in a career-high 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including knocking down four 3-pointers.
USC scored the first points of the game on an Omar Oraby fast break dunk, but turned the ball over five times in the first three minutes and UCLA went on an 11-0 run. During the run, Oraby went down with an apparent ankle injury. He returned but was in foul trouble throughout the game, playing only five minutes in the first half and fouling out with 7:39 remaining in the game.
USC's one highlight:
The Trojans battled back with a 7-0 run that made it 21-18 at the 10:58 mark, but the Bruins outscored USC 35-16 the rest of the half to take a 22-point halftime lead. The onslaught didn't stop in the second half. UCLA started the half on a 12-3 run to go up by 31.
In the middle of the half, USC made a 14-2 run with the assistance of a six-point possession when an intentional foul was called against Tony Parker. The short run got UCLA's lead below 20 points, but it was short lived as the Bruins answered with a 19-4 spree.
Byron Wesley finished with a team-high 21 points and 9 rebounds, but did have four turnovers. J.T. Terrell with 14 points and only turned the ball over once, but he missed his final six shots after starting 5-for-10.
Julian Jacobs filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 turnovers, 3 steals and a block. Oraby finished with eight points in only 14 minutes. Starters Nikola Jovanovic (3 points on 1-of-3 shooting) and Pe'Shon Howard (0 points for second consecutive game) did not have an impact.
USC can't sit around licking its wounds. The Trojans host Arizona State (12-3, 1-1) Thursday night at 7 p.m. PT before facing off with the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats (15-0, 2-0) Sunday night at the Galen Center.
Here's what Andy Enfield had to say after the game, courtesy of SCPlaybook's Lindsey Thiry: