Of course, a big-time UCLA-USC basketball game is a rarity only to those who aren't old enough to know their Dan Anderson from their Dwight ``Lightning'' Anderson, their Wayne Carlander from their Bruins
car scandal, and their Kenny Fields from their Nell & John Wooden Court.
That's enough, though, to conjure hope in some Bruin
win would end a six-year losing streak to USC and clinch yearlong bragging rights for the school, plus the coveted Victory Bell in a rivalry going back to 1929 (First game: Trojans 76, Bruins
This season is about re-connecting with Bruins
' fans who have long supported this organization and the great game of hockey and to ensure fans that while some changes have been made, the essence of the game remains," said Charles Jacobs, executive vice president of the Bruins
The starters began filing to the bench after Arron Afflalo's 3-pointer gave the Bruins
a 61-20 lead with 14:57 to play.
Afflalo and Collison each hit from beyond the arc, and Roll had a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which came with the shot clock winding down as the Bruins
built a 39-26 lead.
Sophomore Alfred Aboya will also get plenty of minutes, but foul trouble could cause the Bruins
to use sophomore Ryan Wright, who remains talented but raw.
This is exciting to be able to play games like this,'' Bruins
offensive tackle Noah Sutherland said.
And then, when the Cardinal got down to UCLA's 26-yard line after Richard Sherman's 29-yard reception, quarterback Trent Edwards was intercepted at the goal line by Bruins
cornerback Trey Brown on the next play.
also had a 42-33 advantage on the boards, keyed by Mbah a Moute, backup Lorenzo Mata (eight rebounds) and strong rebounding from the backcourt.
Even LSU's supposed advantage on the boards was negated as UCLA's Mbah a Moute, Lorenzo Mata and company seemed to get to nearly every loose ball, or tap it to keep it alive before the Bruins
could gain possession.
fifth-year senior Cedric Bozeman, who had six points during UCLA's 24-8 game-seizing run in the second half, absorbed the locker-room atmosphere afterward, and couldn't help but think of the cycle of his career.
(20-6, 10-4 Pac-10) couldn't stop USC's dribble penetration, got no production inside, created silly turnovers early, failed to get out in transition, were miserable again from the free-throw line and suffered from not having any timeouts in the closing minutes.
Only one, not-so-slight problem - the Bruins
didn't do much else right, and even their attempt to slow Powe didn't really turn out that well, since Powe simply turned into a facilitator.
For most of Wednesday's game against Wagner College, it seemed like the Bruins
assumed the Seahawks would just crumble at the thought of playing on UCLA's fabled home court.