USC routs Cal­i­for­nia for 8th win in last 9

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By JOE REEDY

LOS AN­GE­LES — Jonah Mathews scored 19 points, Daniel Utomi added 17 and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia de­feated Cal­i­for­nia 88-56 on Thurs­day night for its eighth win in its last nine games.

Onyeka Okongwu had 12 points and eight re­bounds for the Tro­jans (14-3, 3-1 Pac12), who led for all but the first 101 sec­onds. USC made 14 3-point­ers, with Utomi sink­ing four and Mathews three.

Matt Bradley led Cal with 13 points and Ka­reem South scored 12. The Golden Bears (8-9, 2-2 Pac-12) shot just 33.9% from the field as they had a two-game win­ning streak snapped.

Bradley gave Cal its only lead with a layup 33 sec­onds into the game. The Tro­jans then scored the next six points and led the rest of the way.

South’s jumper brought the Golden Bears within 2219 when the Tro­jans scored 11 of the next 12 points to put it out of reach. Utomi had four points dur­ing the run as USC was three of four from the field and made a pair of 3-point­ers.

USC led 42-25 at half­time and ex­tended its lead to 34 late in the sec­ond half. TIP-INS

The Tro­jans have won the last five games in the se­ries. ... USC missed its first four free throws be­fore go­ing 22 of 29 . ... Cal’s Grant An­tice­vich, who was av­er­ag­ing 13.3 points and six re­bounds in his last four games, was 0 of 7 from the field and had five


BIG PIC­TURE Cal­i­for­nia: The Golden

Bears’ shoot­ing prob­lems weren’t just con­fined to Thurs­day night. They have made just 35% or worse in three of the last five.

USC: The Tro­jans re­main un­beaten in 11 games this sea­son and have won 64 of their last 66 when hold­ing op­po­nents un­der 70 points.


Cal­i­for­nia: Trav­els to UCLA on Sun­day.

USC: Hosts Pac-12 leader Stan­ford on Satur­day.

Associated Press

STREAKING South­ern Cal­i­for­nia coach Andy En­field shouts dur­ing the first half of the team’s NCAA col­lege basketball game against Cal­i­for­nia in Los An­ge­les on Thurs­day.

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