California 69

(14-5, 5-1 Pac-12)

USC 77

(10-9, 1-5 Pac-12)

    Coverage: ESPNU/WatchESPN

    11:00 PM ET, January 22, 2014

    Galen Center, Los Angeles, California

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    CAL 32 3769
    USC 41 3677

    Top Performers

    California: J. Cobbs 22 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    USC: N. Jovanovic 23 Pts, 2 Reb

    USC beats California 77-69 to snap 5-game skid

    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES -- Nikola Jovanovic scored a career-high 23 points and Southern California led all the way in beating California 77-69 Wednesday night for the Trojans' first Pac-12 victory after an 0-5 start.

    Byron Wesley added 14 points and seven rebounds, Julian Jacobs and Pe'Shon Howard had 12 points each, while Howard had 10 assists for the Trojans (10-9, 1-5). They ended their worst start in league play since 2012. Jovanovic made 8 of 10 field goals and all seven of his free throw attempts.

    Justin Cobbs scored 22 points and Jordan Mathews added 18 for the Golden Bears (14-5, 5-1). The loss left idle No. 1 Arizona as the league's only undefeated team. The Bears had their six-game overall winning streak snapped and their four-game streak against USC ended.

    Cal big men Richard Solomon and David Kravish combined for 19 points. They had been averaging a combined 33.8 points. Solomon had 13 rebounds.

    The Trojans had lost a season-high five straight by an average of 22.4 points under first-year coach Andy Enfield. But they came out energized from the opening tip, racing to a 19-8 lead.

    Led by Jovanovic, a 6-foot-10 freshman from Serbia, and Omar Oraby, a 7-2 senior from Egypt, the Trojans were able to control the boards, 37-33, while limiting the shots of the 6-10 Solomon and 6-9 Kravish. USC dominated the paint, 44-26. Oraby finished with nine points and seven rebounds.

    Solomon fouled out with 1:07 to go after scoring four points on 2-of-2 shooting in the second half.

    The Trojans shot 56 percent in the first half. USC stretched its lead to 35-22 -- largest of the half -- on Howard's 3-pointer.

    The Bears got within five points late in the half before USC closed with a 6-2 spurt to lead 41-32 at the break. Cal was held to 32 percent shooting.

    Cal got no closer than seven points twice -- the first time on Kravish's first basket of the game to open the second half and later on a 3-pointer by Tyrone Wallace with 1:36 left. The Bears were seeking their first 6-0 start in league play since 2003 when they began 7-0.

    USC built its largest lead, 64-49, on a basket by Jacobs with 8 1/2 minutes to go.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 69 77
    FG Made-Attempted 24-61 (.393) 28-54 (.519)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-17 (.294) 5-14 (.357)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-25 (.640) 16-22 (.727)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 19 (0/0)

    2013-14 Season

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