Cal Erases Double-Digit Defict to Down USC
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/17/2013

Feb. 18, 2013

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Justin Cobbs added 22 points and California came back from 15 points down in the second half to beat Southern California 76-68 on Sunday night.

Crabbe, the Pac-12's leading scorer, rallied the Golden Bears (16-9, 8-5) to their third straight win. Crabbe scored 10 points over the final 4½ minutes and helped Cal close the game on a 25-7 run.

J.T. Terrell scored 17 points and Byron Wesley scored 16 for the Trojans (12-14, 7-6). USC made just two baskets over the final 6 minutes.

The win helped the Bears inch ahead of the Trojans into a fourth-place tie with Arizona State in the conference, two games behind No. 23 Oregon.

Cobbs scored on a three-point play and Solomon added a short jumper and dunk to make it 47-39. Cobbs then scored Cal's next six points and Crabbe added a 16-foot jumper, cutting the Trojans lead to 54-47.

Southern California, which nearly blew a 14-point lead in Thursday's win over Stanford, extended its lead to 61-51 after Wesley's fourth 3-pointer of the game. The Trojans' sophomore guard had made only nine shots from beyond the arc all season before going 4 of 6 against Cal.

It wasn't enough.

Brandon Smith scored three straight points, Crabbe hit a 3, David Kravish followed with two free throws and Cobbs made his first 3-pointer of the night to put the Bears up 62-61 with 3:32 left.

Jio Fontan stopped the run with a 3-pointer but Crabbe followed with back-to-back 3s, and the Bears coasted the rest of the way to end Southern California's longest winning streak since 2009.

Both teams were streaky in the first half.

USC went on runs of 9-0 and 16-2, getting most of the scoring from Terrell, while California scored 13 consecutive points during one stretch to keep it close.

The see-saw battle continued after Kravish's putback pulled the Bears within 25-22 with 4:22 left. The two teams exchanged baskets and dunks, Dewayne Dedmon getting his for the Trojans on lob pass from Eric Wise while Crabbe followed up Cobbs' missed jumper to cut USC's lead to 32-28 at the break.

Terrell, one of USC's most consistent scorers over the past month, had 11 points in the first half on 4-of-11 shooting, including a 3-point attempt from more than 30 feet out early in the shot clock.