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Allen Crabbe scores 19, California beats USC

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POSTED February 9, 2012 10:51 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harper Kamp's hot shooting has his team atop the Pac-12 standings.

Kamp scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half as California cruised to a 75-49 victory over Southern California on Thursday night.

Kamp hit all seven of his shots after halftime and finished 9 of 11 overall.

"Tonight, it just happened to be my turn," Kamp said. "I was just hitting them."

The win moved Cal into a first-place tie in the conference standings with Washington, which lost to Oregon on Thursday.

Allen Crabbe led Cal with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Cal, the Pac-12's top-shooting team, shot 55.7 percent overall.

Justin Cobbs scored 10 points and freshman David Kravish grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds for the Golden Bears (19-6, 9-3), who outscored the Trojans 40-20 over the final 20 minutes.

"We came out with a little more sense of urgency that we should have had in the first half," Kamp said.

Maurice Jones led USC (6-19, 1-11) with 17 points. Byron Wesley added 11.

"We played a good first half and gave ourselves a chance, but we wore down in the second half," USC coach Kevin O'Neill said. "It's the result of our makeup. It's a tough situation for the players."

The Trojans continue to struggle with a lack of size since big men Aaron Fuller and Dewayne Dedmon were lost for the season with injuries. USC has just one player in the rotation standing over 6-foot-7.

Crabbe, a Los Angeles native, played in front of a large contingent of supporters. He opened the game by hitting his first five shots to account for 11 of Cal's first 17 points.

After Crabbe carried Cal in the first half, Kamp took over coming out of the break. He weaved in and out of the USC defense, nailing three jumpers in quick succession. He later had another jumper and a pair of layups for a personal 6-0 run.

Kamp didn't take all the credit for his deft shooting.

"Because I've got teammates that can shoot the ball so well, I got open looks," he said.

Cal controlled the paint and won the rebounding battle 41-28. Kravish was the beneficiary of USC's dearth of size, grabbing five offensive boards and nearly every missed shot within arm's length.

"At the end of the first half, it felt like if I would have ran away from the ball, it still would have come to me," Kravish said.

Cal withstood a late rally by USC to win the season's first meeting 53-49 on Dec. 29. The Bears had a much easier time Thursday in sweeping USC for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

USC fell to 1-12 over its past 13 games.

Cal coach Mike Montgomery didn't put any stock in his team climbing into first place in the Pac-12, saying a lot can happen between now and the end of conference play.

"It's better than being in last," he said.

Cal quickly pushed a six-point lead to double digits after the intermission. Crabbe capped a 9-2 run with a layup while being fouled. He made the free throw for a 56-38 lead.

"The game was decided in the first five minutes of the second half," O'Neill said.

While Crabbe was carrying Cal, Jones was matching him shot for shot in the early going, scoring 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting to start.

The offensively challenged Trojans managed to keep pace with Cal for much of the first half, which saw seven lead changes and four ties. It wasn't until Cobbs hit a turnaround jumper and Crabbe beat the halftime buzzer with a layup following a Jones turnover that Cal got a little separation, taking a 35-29 lead into the break.

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