USC Edged By Cal 62-58
Dec. 29, 2005
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Leon Powe had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Ayinde Ubaka scored seven of his nine points in the final 4:53 as California beat Southern California 62-58 on Thursday in the Pac-10 opener for both schools.
Richard Midgley and Omar Wilkes each had 11 points for the Golden Bears (6-4), which never trailed in the game while winning on the road for the first time in four tries this season. It's the first time they won a conference opener on the road since 1982 against Stanford.
Powe scored nine points in a 3:54 span to help build Cal's lead to as many as 11 with 6:41 left in the first half. Pruitt converted two turnovers by Wilkes into breakaway dunks in the final 27 seconds of the half, allowing USC to slice a seven-point deficit to 32-29.
The Trojans, who won both meetings with Cal last season by an average margin of 18 points, got as close as 38-36 on Stewart's two free throws with 14:48 to play. But Cal responded with eight straight points to restore their double-digit lead, and the Trojans missed five consecutive free throws.
Pruitt's 3-pointer pulled USC within 60-58 with 7.2 seconds left, and the Trojans had a chance to tie it when Powe missed a free throw. But Pruitt was called for traveling on USC's next possession and Ubaka's two free throws clinched it with 2.2 seconds on the clock.