Jorge Gutierrez #2 of the California Golden Bears falls as he is guarding Jio Fontan #2 of the USC Trojans in the second half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES (AP) Allen Crabbe scored 27 points and Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs added 10 each as California defeated USC 72-64 on Saturday night.
Crabbe scored 19 points in the second half, including seven straight, for the Bears (9-5, 1-1 Pac-12). He went 9 for 12 from the field and made all eight free-throw attempts.
Wallace made two 3-pointers during a surge that gave Cal a 66-58 lead. The Bears, who went 0 for 19 from 3-point range in their previous two games, made 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Eric Wise led the Trojans (6-9, 1-1) with 14 points, andByron Wesley had 13. USC went 8 for 18 from the free throw line, including 3 for 8 in the second half.
USC was denied its first three-game winning streak since February 2011.
Crabbe singlehandedly sent Cal on a 7-2 run halfway through the second half when he made four free throws and a 3-pointer for a 53-47 lead.