LOS ANGELES — Dwight Lewis scored 23 points and Southern Cal swept the season series from UCLA with a 68-64 victory Sunday night.
It was the first time since 2004 and only the sixth time in the last 50 years that the Trojans (15-9, 7-5 Pac-10) won both regular season meetings.
Reserve Donte Smith matched his career-high with 12 points for USC, which has won three straight and beat UCLA (11-13, 6-6) for the first time in the Galen Center, which opened in 2006.
Four players scored in double digits for the Bruins, led by Michael Roll with 21. Malcolm Lee had 13 points and eight rebounds, Nikola Dragovic added 12 points and Reeves Nelson 10.
After Nelson made a layup to cut USC’s lead to 49-47 with just under 9 minutes to play, the Trojans scored seven straight points to pull away. Roll hit three free throws in the closing seconds to trim the final margin.
UCLA remained competitive for most of the game by outrebounding USC 46-25, but the Bruins couldn’t overcome 20 turnovers and poor foul shooting.
UCLA committed 11 of its turnovers in the second half and was 9 of 18 from the free-throw line compared to 12 of 19 for USC.
Unlike the season’s first meeting which USC dominated throughout and won 67-46, the Bruins took the lead in this one several times in the first half and stayed close for most of the game.
Trailing 26-20, UCLA went on a 9-2 run, capped by Dragovic’s layup, to take a 29-28 lead.
But USC responded with four straight points and went into halftime up 32-29.