|Date of game: 3/7/2012
Recap: U-C-L-A vs. U-S-C
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Lazeric Jones scored 15 points and UCLA overcame a slow start Wednesday to beat USC, 55-40, in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
UCLA (19-13) closed the first half on a 9-0 run to escape several eight-point deficits and moved on to face fourth-seeded Arizona in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Travis Wear added 12 points for the fifth-seeded Bruins and David Wear scored eight with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Byron Wesley led USC (6-26) with 13 points and Garrett Jackson scored 11. The 12th-seeded Trojans, who went 1-17 in conference play, finished the season on a 10-game losing streak.
The Bruins, seeking their fourth tournament title and first without the No. 1 seed, have won three straight games.
Their prospects for Thursday's game against Arizona improved when the Wildcats announced that guard Josiah Turner, who has started 16 of the last 17 games, was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.
USC had leads of 17-9, 19-11 and 21-13 in the first half before UCLA went on its 9-0 run to take a 22-21 edge at the break. Jones sparked the burst with a three-pointer and two foul shots.
The Bruins took control with a 17-2 run in the second half, pushing their lead to 39-25 on Tyler Lamb's three-pointer with 14 1/2 minutes remaining.
USC never got closer than 10 after that, falling for the first time in its last five conference tournament openers.Game Notes