USC Downs UNLV To Win Diamond Head Classic

Dec. 25, 2009

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HONOLULU -- Marcus Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds to help Southern California beat UNLV (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today) 67-56 on Friday night in the Diamond Head Classic final.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior forward, was 8 of 14 from the field. Dwight Lewis added 14 points for the Trojans (8-4), and tournament MVP Mike Gerrity had 13.

Oscar Bellfield led UNLV (12-2) with 17 points. The Rebels shot 34 percent (17 of 50) from the field, going 5 of 22 from 3-point range.

USC had a 12-0 run late in the half, capped by Lewis' layup, and the Trojans had a 39-25 lead at the break. The Trojans led by 19 late in the second half.

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