3-Points: Cal 77, USC 64

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Trojans fight to the finish but fall to the Bears in Berkeley.

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Hearty Effort

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 9.28.51 PM.pngThe Trojans held the lead at halftime, and recaptured the advantage late in the second half playing some of their best basketball this month.  Ignited by senior D.J. Haley, USC exhibited a ton of emotion on the court, and the bench erupted after every bucket.  "We played a very good game for 34 or 35 minutes," said head coach Andy Enfield.  Pe'Shon Howard paced the scoring with 17 points, while J.T. Terrell (14 points), Nikola Jovanovic (14 points) and Julian Jacobs (10 points) were all in double figures. 

Ultimately Not Enough

Despite the effort, a desperate Cal team playing at home was too much, and closed the game on a 24-10 run.  The Trojans have committed 10 or more turnovers in 24 consecutive games, and tonight, 11 of their 14 came in the second half.  "It went from a two-point game to a 10-point game very quickly," said Enfield about the missed opportunities.  "It is frustrating for the players and the coaching staff when your guards turn the ball over."

Coming Home

Hoping to snap an eight-game losing streak, USC returns to Galen Center this Thursday (Oregon State at 8 p.m.) and Saturday (Oregon at 1 p.m.).  Leading scorer and rebounder Byron Wesley could rejoin the team after serving a two-game suspension this week for a violation of team rules.  The Trojans lost to the Beavers in overtime in Corvallis, and led Oregon at halftime in Eugene, so they'll be looking to finish off a victory this time around.  "You saw tonight that our players come out and compete, and they play hard in practice.  It's frustrating when you don't get the wins that you think you deserve, but the other teams are pretty good too," said Enfield. 

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