Golden Bears Cruise Past Trojans, 75-49
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Release:  02/09/2012

Feb. 10, 2012

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Allen Crabbe scored 19 points, Harper Kamp had 18 and California cruised to a 75-49 victory over Southern California on Thursday night.

Crabbe went 8 of 12 from the floor and Kamp was 9 of 11. Cal, the Pac-12's top-shooting team, shot 55.7 percent from the floor.

Justin Cobbs scored 10 points and freshman David Kravish grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds for the Golden Bears (19-6, 9-3), who outscored the Trojans 40-20 over the final 20 minutes.

Maurice Jones led USC (6-19, 1-11) with 17 points. Byron Wesley added 11.

Crabbe, a Los Angeles native, played in front of a large contingent of supporters. He opened the game by hitting his first five shots to account for 11 of Cal's first 17 points.

After Crabbe carried Cal in the first half, Kamp took over coming out of thebreak, scoring 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting during one stretch. Kamp weaved in and out of the USC defense, nailing three jumpers in quick succession. He later had another jumper and a pair of layups for a personal 6-0 run.

Cal controlled the paint and won the rebounding battle 41-28.

Cal withstood a late rally by USC to win the season's first meeting 53-49 on Dec. 29. The Bears had a much easier time Thursday in sweeping USC for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

USC fell to 1-12 over its past 13 games.

Cal quickly pushed a six-point lead to double digits after the intermission. Crabbe capped a 9-2 run with a layup while being fouled. He made the free throw for a 56-38 lead.

While Crabbe was carrying Cal, Jones was matching him shot for shot in the early going, scoring 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting to start.

The offensively challenged Trojans managed to keep pace with Cal for much of the first half, which saw seven lead changes and four ties. It wasn't until Cobbs hit a turnaround jumper and Crabbe beat the halftime buzzer with a layup following a Jones turnover that Cal got a little separation, taking a 35-29 lead into the break.