BRUINS EKE OUT 2-POINT VICTORY\Trojans barely miss big upset\UCLA 61, USC 59.Byline: Gary Washburn Daily News Staff Writer
The words "City Champions," were scribbled on the board of the UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX locker room. On the other side, a USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. official was ripping down from the wall a UCLA school newspaper article that blasted the Trojans' basketball program.
It wasn't pretty. It couldn't have ended any worse for USC. UCLA teased and tantalized the Trojans with the taste of victory. And on his 21st birthday, Charles O'Bannon Charles Edward O'Bannon (born February 22 1975 in Lakewood, California) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, where he was a star small forward/shooting guard, and a starter on the school's 1995 NCAA Championship team. streaked through the air - with a double pump - and wiped that taste from the Trojans' mouths. His 12-foot jumper with 0.4 seconds left gave the Bruins a 61-59 victory in front of 9,433 at the Sports Arena - and the Trojans broken hearts Broken Hearts is a blank verse play by W. S. Gilbert in three acts styled "An entirely original fairy play". It opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London on December 9 1875. .
"A double-pumped jumper from the baseline," USC forward Jaha Wilson said. "I can't believe it. It was lucky."
O'Bannon's high school teammate, Avondre Jones, tied the game at 59-59 with 10 seconds left with two pressure-packed free throws.
Without a timeout, UCLA's Toby Bailey John Garfield "Toby" Bailey (born November 19 1975 in Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball at UCLA and was one of the stars of their 1995 National Championship team. rushed the ball into the frontcourt front·court
1. The half of the court having the basket at which the offensive team shoots.
2. The forwards and center on a team. Also called frontline. threw it to O'Bannon, who between Jones and Tyson Reuter, leaned in for the game-winner.
"I didn't know it was in until it hit the net, actually," O'Bannon said. "I wanted to shoot a jumper because I didn't think I had time for a layup."
Wilson ran off the court immediately, too frustrated because this was supposed to be the Trojans' night. They dominated the boards (33-26), limited UCLA (19-6, 12-2) to a handful of fastbreaks and canned 13 of 17 second-half free throws to offset a bad shooting night.
The game went back and forth the entire second half. A 9-0 UCLA run gave it a 45-44 lead with 11:27 left. Reuter's 3-pointer gave USC a 55-52 lead with 3:47 left.
The teams matched each other hoop for hoop, word for word. But O'bannon had the final word.
The shocking-upset ending was spoiled for USC interim Henry Bibby Charles Henry Bibby (born November 24, 1949 in Franklinton, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player and current assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). , the two-time UCLA All-American trying to beat his former school.
A win would have done wonders. Recruiting would have boosted, Bibby's chances of being named head coach would have greatly increased - they still might - and the program's sagging confidence would have been rejuvenated re·ju·ve·nate
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1. To restore to youthful vigor or appearance; make young again.
"This is going to stick with us for a long time," Wilson said. "This really hurts. I really don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what else to say."
With forward Maurice Strong Maurice F. Strong, (his first name is pronounced "Morris"), PC, CC, OM (born April 29, 1929, in Oak Lake, Manitoba) is an industrialist and public servant who was the Secretary-General of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), better known as the out with knee tendinitis, the Trojans suited up just seven scholarship players. Despite that, USC (11-15, 4-10 in the Pacific 10) came out looking strong and well-coached.
Point guard Stais Boseman (game-high 22 points) controlled the tempo most of the evening, as Bibby directed him to run a patient offense, disallowing a UCLA track meet. It worked. The Bruins scored just 27 points in the first half. UCLA's five started scored just 42 points, including a quiet nine points by Bailey.
It was a well-orchestrated Wooden game plan, it just didn't get Wooden results.
"We played with poise and patience," Bibby said. "We were a focused team. I want to coach that type of team."
If anyone wanted to see Bibby's effectiveness, he only had to look at Jones, the enigmatic 6-foot-11 center who was allowed back in uniform after a four-game suspension.
He started, picked up his customary three first-half fouls but played 11:19 of the second half without picking up his fifth foul. He played tough defense and added 13 points despite 4-of-12 shooting.
And those final free throws seemed as if they could have decided the fate of his USC career. He swished them both.
"I knew coach Bibby has confidence in me and I wanted to play as hard as I can," Jones said. "It's a tough way to lose. We played our hearts out, but we lost the game."
Bibby might at least garner some serious consideration for the permanent job. He had the Trojans on the verge On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) is a play written by Eric Overmyer. It makes extensive use of esoteric language and pop culture references from the late nineteenth century to 1955. of their biggest upset in years, all with limited resources.
But redshirt forward Rodrick Rhodes Rodrick Rhodes (born September 24 1973, in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player who was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round (24th overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft. Coaching career
In 2005, he was an assistant coach at St. was watching, and so were several recruits and a unusually jumping Sports Arena crowd.
With this season lost, Jones, Boseman and Wilson, all juniors, have only next year to hold onto.
"I'll tell you one thing," Jones said. "This losing is going to stop. Losing at SC is going to stop. I know that."
Photo (color) USC's Damion Dawson reacts to being bumped by UCLA's Toby Bailey in first-half action. David Sprague / Daily News