3-Points: USC 78, Cal 75

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The Trojans will look for their first Bay Area sweep since 1992 Saturday at Stanford.

  • USC was just 3-15 in their last 18 games at Haas Pavilion coming in, so they will gladly take a win.  "We found a way to get it done," captain Alex Stepheson said.  "We weathered the storm and got the win."  While it looked like a comfortable victory after Maurice Jones explosion held off the first Cal rally, a wild final two minutes, which featured two technical fouls (Donte Smith and Jorge Gutierrez), an intentional foul (Gutierrez), missed Trojan free throws and unconscious Bears shooting, made it a three-point margin at the end.
  • When Cal beat USC at Galen Center, Nikola Vucevic and Stepheson were dominated by their big man counterparts Harper Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison.  Tonight, they flipped the script.  Vucevic (21 points and 10 rebounds) and Stepheson (10 points and 11 rebounds) both had double-doubles.  "We just wanted to make it a special emphasis to get them back today," Stepheson admitted.
  • For a six minute stretch in the second half, Maurice Jones put on a scintillating show, which stunned the Cal crowd and thwarted the Bears' charge.  After Cal had pulled within one after being down 11 at the half, Jones made back-to-back gorgeous lay-ups for his first scores of the night.  Then, he hit four consecutive threes to put the Trojans ahead for good.  "It was just one of those nights," said Jones, who finished with 22 points coming off the bench for the first time this season.  
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  • In an effort to save their legs and improve their Saturday performances, O'Neill and the team decided to cancel Friday's scheduled practice.  Instead, they will meet at the hotel and watch film.
Here is Kevin O'Neill after an exasperating road win...

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