USC Falls to UCLA, 96-70, in Pac-12 Quarterfinals

    March 12, 2015

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    LAS VEGAS (AP)Isaac Hamilton scored 36 points and hit seven 3-pointers, helping UCLA take down rival USC 96-70 in the Pac-12 quarterfinals on Thursday.

    The Bruins shot 60 percent and made 12 of 20 3-pointers to earn a spot in Friday's semifinals against No. 5 Arizona.

    Hamilton made 13 of 17 shots and was 7 for 9 from the 3-point arc.

    Norman Powell and Tony Parker added 14 points each for the Bruins.

    Katin Reinhardt led the Trojans (12-19) with 20 points, hitting 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Nikola Jovanovic added 17 points.

    The Trojans became the first No. 12 seed to win a Pac-12 tournament game after rallying from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Arizona State 67-64 in the first round.

    That earned USC a rematch with its biggest rival.

    The teams played twice during the regular season and UCLA won both.

    The Bruins quickly took control of Round 3, soaring in for dunks in transition and pouring in 3-pointers with its quick-hitting offense.

    UCLA raced out to a 24-13 lead with a 14-0 run, including a windmill dunk in transition by Powell that brought the crowd to its feet.

    The Bruins made 18 of 31 shots, including 6 of 11 from 3-point range, to build a 47-29 lead by halftime.

    Hamilton, a sophomore guard, spearheaded UCLA's offensive onslaught, scoring 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting in the first half.

    Hamilton kept firing and making, surpassing his season-high of 21 points by hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 90 seconds of the second half.


    USC: The Trojans hit 8 of 22 from 3-point range. ... Elijah Stewart had 12 points.

    UCLA: The Bruins lost to Arizona 57-47 on Feb. 21. ... UCLA had a 50-34 advantage in the paint against USC.