LOS ANGELES (AP) — The battle for supremacy of Los Angeles was a one-sided affair this season.
David Wear had 16 points and 13 rebounds and twin brother Travis Wear had 14 points and 11 boards, helping UCLA beat Southern California 64-54 on Wednesday night to sweep the season series between the crosstown rivals.
"It was good to sweep the Trojans," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "That's always a good thing for us."
Jerime Anderson had 14 points and five assists for the Bruins (15-11, 8-6 Pac-12), who led by double-digits for most of the night.
After winning the season's first meeting 66-47 on Jan. 15, UCLA put together another solid performance against the struggling Trojans.
"It's SC, so we really came out with that extra motivation," Travis Wear said.
Byron Wesley scored 16 points and Garrett Jackson had 15 for USC (6-21, 1-13), which put together a late push to make the final score more respectable.
USC's frustrating season continued. They weren't able to overcome another slow start in losing a fifth straight game.
"We were two shots from making it a game, but the bottom line is we are outmanned top to bottom," USC coach Kevin O'Neill said. "Our guys fought hard and did what they needed to do to hang in the game. I'm proud of our effort."
The game was played at the Sports Arena, near the campus of USC, with UCLA as the home team. The Bruins have spent the season playing off campus as Pauley Pavilion undergoes a dramatic renovation. USC called the Sports Arena home from 1959-2006.
Travis Wear recorded his first career double-double. UCLA held a 46-25 rebounding edge.
Howland praised the Wears, who he said bounced back following subpar performances in UCLA's loss to California on Saturday.
"I thought they really came out with a sense of purpose," he said. "Hopefully it's something they can build on. We need that down the stretch as we move forward."
USC leading scorer Maurice Jones was held to eight points on 3 of 11 shooting.
The Bruins dominated from the onset. They scored the first six points of the game and led 10-2 less than five minutes in. David Wear had four of the points.
UCLA center Joshua Smith was whistled for a flagrant foul when he sent Wesley sprawling to the floor while attempting to block a dunk. The physical play momentarily ignited the Trojans, who closed within 25-14.
Anderson scored the last two buckets of the half, including a baseline jumper at the buzzer, to give the Bruins a 31-16 lead at the break.
"We really set the tempo with our defense," Howland said.
The Trojans weren't able to get many open looks en route to shooting 24 percent in the half. They also missed all seven of their 3-point tries.
"We were just not hitting the shots," Jackson said.
UCLA's starters all logged big minutes as Howland went with a seven-man rotation. The heavy workload took a toll down the stretch.
Trailing by 20 points, USC showed some life by scoring seven straight early in the second half. UCLA halted the run and later put together a 9-0 surge to restore order before the Trojans closed within 10 in the waning minutes.
"I think it was little fatigue and just going with the flow a little bit," Anderson said. "But they're a tough team, and they're not coming to quit."
The losses have piled up for the injury-riddled Trojans in what may be a historically bad season. USC's next loss will tie the school record for most in a season, set in 1988-89.