Poor second half leads to Cal losing to USC 

click to enlarge Cal's Jordan Mathews, center, has his shot blocked by USC's Darion Clark, right, as Malik Marquetti also defends during Wednesday's game. - CHRIS CARLSON/AP
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  • Cal's Jordan Mathews, center, has his shot blocked by USC's Darion Clark, right, as Malik Marquetti also defends during Wednesday's game.

LOS ANGELES -- Nikola Jovanovic scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Southern Cal past California 72-57 on Wednesday night for its first conference win.

Julian Jacobs scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half and had five assists for the Trojans (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12). Katin Reinhardt hit both of USC's 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. The Trojans were just 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

Jovanovic was 9 of 14 from the field to help USC shoot 42.6 percent.

Tyrone Wallace scored 21 points and Jordan Mathews added 17 for the Golden Bears (11-5, 1-2), who were playing in their first road game in more than a month.

USC trailed 6-4 early and then scored 19 of the game's next 21 points, led by Reinhardt's eight points, and held a 38-29 advantage at the break.

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