Friday, March 13, 2009

Halftime: USC 33, UCLA 28

The Trojans are playing like an NCAA Tournament team and the question is whether they can withstand continuous UCLA runs throughout the second half. The Bruins closed the half on a 19-13 run to cut the deficit to five with some high-intensity basketball.

The atmosphere in the Staples Center is electric, mostly UCLA fans, who are cheering vigorously after every basket. This is what the rivalry should be.

By the way, I was not convinced that DeMar DeRozan (left, thanks to the Associated Press) was a one-and-out guy but he has pleaded his case this weekend. He thrilled the crowd (and media) with a high-flying dunk on UCLA's Nikola Dragovic midway through the first half. DeRozan is a superior athlete and a tough matchup for shooting guards because of his size and mid-range game.


Dwight Lewis -- 12 points

Taj Gibson -- 9 points
Josh Shipp -- 12 points
Nikola Dragovic -- 10 points

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