USC Powers Past Pepperdine, 91-77

Dec. 15, 2008

Los Angeles, Calif. (AP) - Taj Gibson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Southern California held off Pepperdine's second-half rally to win 91-77 Monday night.

Dwight Lewis added 17 points, Daniel Hackett 16, Leonard Washington 14 and DeMar DeRozan 10 for the Trojans (6-3), who improved to 5-0 at Galen Center.

Keion Bell scored 18 points for the Waves (1-9), who lost their ninth in a row and haven't won since their season opener against Cal State Monterey Bay.

Pepperdine got within six points with 3 1/2 minutes remaining before the Trojans closed the game on a 14-6 run. Washington scored seven points and Hackett added four in the decisive spurt.

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