The Rapture — No Divine Intervention needed, as the Bruins Crucify usc In The Beginning, building an 18-point lead by Halftime, and causing a Mass Exodus of troy Disciples while Smiting the trojans 66-47 in the Galen Center
Holy Annihilation! No one ever said that the Galen Center was a College Basketball Cathedral, or, God forbid, a Shrine to the Sport. In fact, the trojans have sucked the whole time they’ve been playing there (and a lot longer, actually). Unfortunately, the Bruins haven’t been much better (except for a recent three-year span), so no game against the trojans is a guaranteed win for UCLA. In fact, the Rivalry game on Sunday was deemed fairly even going in, with oddsmakers installing a betting line of UCLA minus one point. But on this day, the spread was never in doubt, as UCLA demolished the outmanned trojans, 66-47. Southern cal was up 7-4 in the first few minutes, until the Bruins exploded, outscoring sc 20-3 to take a 24-10 lead which they would never relinquish. Behind the Paint Domination of the Wear Twins and Anthony Stover, the Bruins completely shut down the trojan Offense. Sc made about a quarter of their Field Goals for the entire 1st Half, as the lead ballooned to 21, and settled at 18 at the Intermission.
The trojans never got closer than 14, and when they did get that close, Travis Wear scored a flurry of points to put the game away. Travis ended with 19 and his brother David added 13, as sc was no match for the Bruins inside. UCLA won the Battle of the Boards 39-17, partly because they outshot the trojans 51% to 36%. The Bruins were hot from the Line too. Including T. Wear’s 5-for-5, they went 11-for-12 at the Charity Stripe, which is a smoldering 91.7%. In addition to the Wears and Josh Smith (6 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes) having their way in the Key, Stover also played a big role. During the run that broke the game open, Stover got 2 of his 3 Blocked Shots, and also a great tip-in. Even Norman Powell contributed to the Glass Menagerie, with SIX Boards. Powell also added 7 points, in one of his better games of the year, and Lazeric Jones scored 15, to offset the atypical donut from Tyler Lamb.
Despite Lamb’s lack of Offensive production, and thanks to a combination of UCLA’s tenacious Man-to-Man Defense and usc’s brick-laying exhibition, the Margin of Victory was the largest for the Bruins on the trojans’ Home Court since 1974!!!! Of course, THAT home court was the Sports Arena, where the Bruins will try to do it to them again, on February 15th… that is, if the Football-centric, winless-in-Conference 0-5 trojans don’t disband their Basketball team out of shame before then. Can I get an “Amen!” ? It’s nice when the Bruin Basketball team can supply you with euphoria. Some people get euphoria from Religion. But if you prefer pills, there’s always a reputable Canadian pharmacy online.