With tonight's win, Cal has won four in a row over USC and leads the all-time series, 133-120.
With the victory, Cal has won three in a row overall for the first time since opening the year with six consecutive victories.
Cal trailed by 15 points (47-32) with 16:01 in the second half before rallying. Down 61-51 with 6:15 left, Cal outscored USC, 25-7, to end the game.
The early part of the game was full of runs for both teams. Cal scored the opening bucket only to see USC tally 9 straight to take a 9-2 lead. The Bear responded with 13 in a row to go up, 15-9, while the Trojans came back with 12 consecutive for a 21-15 advantage. USC added another 13-0 streak in the second half.
Cal trailed, 32-28, at the break, the sixth time in the last seven games the Bears have been behind at halftime. Cal won four times when down during the streak - vs. Oregon State, Oregon and USC, and at Arizona. The Bears led UCLA at the half Thursday and went on to prevail, as well.
With 23 points vs. USC, Allen Crabbe moved up to 11th on Cal's all-time scoring list. Now with 1,424, he passed Rickey Hawthorne, who had 1,413 points from 1973-76, for the 11th position.
Crabbe set a season high with 5 three-pointers and 10 rebounds, and a career with 6 steals.
Crabbe had his first double-double of the year and fifth of his career.
Richard Solomon has scored 31 points over his last two games (17 vs. UCLA, 14 vs. USC) - the most he has scored in back-to-back games in his Cal career. During those contests, he made 14-17 shots from the floor.
After committing nine turnovers in the first half, Cal did not make one in the second half until 1 minute remained in the period.
Justin Cobbs was a perfect 9-for-9 on free throws and finished with 22 points. He also had six assists with only one turnover.