California guard Justin Cobbs ( 1) tries to break through the defense of Southern California guard Brendyn Taylor (15) and forward Aaron Fuller (21) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)The Associated Press
California guard Allen Crabbe (23) dunks against Southern California in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Allen Crabbe scored 27 points and Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs added 10 each as California defeated USC 72-64 on Saturday night.
Crabbe scored 19 points in the second half, including seven straight, for the Bears (9-5, 1-1 Pac-12). He went 9 for 12 from the field and made all eight free-throw attempts.
Wallace made two 3-pointers during a surge that gave Cal a 66-58 lead. The Bears, who went 0 for 19 from 3-point range in their previous two games, made 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Eric Wise led the Trojans (6-9, 1-1) with 14 points, and Byron Wesley had 13. USC went 8 for 18 from the free throw line, including 3 for 8 in the second half.
USC was denied its first three-game winning streak since February 2011.
Crabbe singlehandedly sent Cal on a 7-2 run halfway through the second half when he made four free throws and a 3-pointer for a 53-47 lead.