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Basketball: USC game string

By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 8:22 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

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FINAL: Well, you probably already know this, but the Trojans won 72-63, spoiling a career night by Jordan Wilkes, who had 16 points and nine rebounds. Jamal Boykin added 18 points and 10 rebounds, a terrific night by Cal’s two big men. But the perimeter trio of Randle, Christopher and Robertson — who average 46 points — totaled just 20. Randle had 12 on 4-for-13 shooting, while the two wings each had season-low totals of four. Cal shot 2-for-16 from 3-point range — well off its NCAA-leading 47.6 percent mark. Cal (16-6, 5-4) dropped into a tie for fourth place at the halfway point of of the Pac-10 schedule after its fourth loss in five games.  The Trojans (15-6, 6-3) have won five or six and took over third place. Freshman DeMar DeRozan led USC wth 19 points.

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7:42 2nd H: USC leads 52-50 after baskets by DeRozan and Lewis. Wilkes is taking a rest with a career-high 16 points. He and Boykin have scored 15 of Cal’s 22 second-half points

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13:07 2nd H: Cal leads 44-39 after a fastbreak layup by Randle off a USC turnover. Robertson finally got on the board by converting a drive to the basket with 13:43 left. (Note: At some point soon, I may leave you for a while as deadline approaches for my print-edition story. My apologies in advance).

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15:50 2nd H: Game is even at 37-all. The Bears are getting great play from their frontcourt, as Boykin has 12 points and Wilkes 10 on 5-for-6 shooting. Cal’s perimeter trio has zero points so far this half, just nine for the game.

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HALFTIME: USC leads 31-28 after a jumper off the break by Daniel Hackett as the buzzer sounded. The lead changed hands four times in the final 3:05. Cal shot 40.7 percent with eight turnovers. USC converted 46.4 percent and had 11 giveaways. Bigger news is that Randle, Kamp and Gutierrez all have two fouls. DeRozan is the only player on either team in double digits with 10 points. Boykin has seven points, five rebounds and three assists for Cal. Jordan Wilkes has six points and five rebounds.

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2:25 1st H: Bears were down 22-15 before a 9-0 run gave them a 24-22 lead. It’s 24-all now with D.J. Seeley going to the FT line for two. Christopher scored his first points of the game with a jumper at 5:46, then Randle got on the board with a pair of FTs at 4:41. Randle then hit a 3-pointer over 5-11 Donte Smith; previously Randle had no success getting open for his shot against the 6-5 Daniel Hackett.

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7:31 1st H: Trojans lead 18-15.  USC’s Marcus Johnson  (not DeMar DeRozan) just “posterized” Jorge Gutierrez with a fastbreak dunk that, if you have not seen, you will. Over and over again. Johnson was so far off the ground that his knees were at Gutierrez’s chin. Gutierrez picked up his second foul on the play, and Harper Kamp just got his second, as well. The Bears’ “big three” still getting shut out.

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11:18 1st H: Still even at 10-10. Jamal Boykin has scored six points on three jump shots and has assisted on Cal’s other two baskets. Randle, Chrstopher and Robertson — the Bears’ top three scorers — have combined for zero points so far. Cal is shooting 5-for-13, USC 4-for-11.

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15:29 1st H: Game is even at 4-all at the first official timeout. Trojans are playing a straight man-to-man defense so far. Cal is shooting 2-for-6, USC 1-for-4 with two turnovers.

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LINEUPS: The Bears will go with the same five you all know — Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Jordan Wilkes. USC’s starters are Daniel Hackett, Dwight Lewis, DeMar DeRozan, Leonard Washington and Taj Gibson.

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RECORDS: Cal is 16-5, 5-3 in Pac-10; USC is 14-6, 5-3.

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  • Benjamin

    Its looking like an NBA game with all the jumpers everyone is taking.

  • McLOVIN

    I heard that Pete Carroll threw down a ridiculous “Statue of Liberty” dunk at halftime. He took off from the free throw line! Wow!