Pac-12 Conference

UCLA denies USC fifth-straight win over rival with impressive 102-70 rout

UCLA denies USC fifth-straight win over rival with impressive 102-70 rout

Bryce Alford drove toward the basket, extending the ball just out of the reach of Elijah Stewart with his outstretched right arm and somehow flipping it in off the backboard while getting bumped. Alford snarled and coolly walked toward the sideline, where he high-fived a few fans before doing the same with his UCLA teammates.

A celebration nearly two years in the making for the Bruins began with about 61/2 minutes left in the game Saturday night. It continued when Lonzo Ball gathered what seemed like a wayward alley-oop pass from Alford with one hand and flushed it through the rim with both hands.

The decibel level inside Pauley Pavilion rose once more when Ball came up with a...

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