Bronny James’ Punishment For Yelling Stands Out As USC’s Disastrous Season Continues With Loss Vs UCLA Rivals

Published 01/27/2024, 10:26 PM EST

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USC’s dreadful campaign continues as UCLA’s Dylan Andrews (20 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists) along with Lazar Stefanovic’s 17 points and 9 rebounds result in their fifth consecutive (50-65) conference loss. A battered and bruised USC hosted the Bruins in their latest Pac-12 matchup. While there seemed to be a lot of support from the families, the Trojans still faced some friction on the road to victory. It was definitely a tug-of-war where UCLA had more luck.

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USC takes a hit at home

The Trojans made a slow start as UCLA pounced on any and every opportunity they had to score. Sophomore guard Dylan Andrews from the Bruins made the Trojans pay for their defensive lapses. In addition to this, 6′ 7″ Serbian giant Lazar Stefanovic and No. 4 Will McClendon further troubled the USC’s backcourt. Meanwhile, Boogie Ellis was fighting a lone battle for the Trojans, as his eight points weren’t enough to give the home team any sort of momentum. As a result, the Bruins had an 11-point advantage in the first 20 minutes, as the opening half ended at 26-37 for USC.

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UCLA created more separation from the Trojans in the first five minutes of the second quarter. They bagged in double the points with 8 in their bag, getting a 15-point difference on USC. Apparently, the home team had no answers for Andrews’ offensive brilliance as he kept on piling up and reached the 20-point mark with still over seven minutes left until the final buzzer. Moreover, forward Adem Bona chipped in with his double-double to bury any chance of USC making a comeback.

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Consequently, the Bruins sealed the deal at 65-50 to hand the hosts their fifth consecutive loss.

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Boogie Ellis makes his return

Skipper Boogie Ellis makes his way back into the Trojans’ squad after missing out 3 games due to injury. The talented No. 5 ended up being the second-best performer after Oziyah Sellers. The 23-year-old finished with 8 points to go with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. In addition to this, the highlights of his performance were the two back-to-back 3-pointers along with a midrange jumper that had the crowd off their feet. Unfortunately, his efforts were no good as USC couldn’t overturn the first-half lead and ended up on the losing side eventually.

Another unsuccessful night for the Trojans as their poor show doesn’t seem to end. With their backs against the wall in the Pac-12, the fans are slowly losing hope of their chances to make it to the big stage of the competition. Further, nothing seems to be working out for head coach Andy Enfield as no strategy is giving him the desired result.

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