Halftime: Cal 30, USC 27

January, 9, 2010
1/09/10
8:38
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It's halftime at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, and Cal and USC are caught up in a close one. The Bears are up 30-27 at the break.

USC's Dwight Lewis has a game-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting; Cal's Jerome Randle leads his team with 11 points.

The Trojans trailed by six points until an unlikely possession in the final minute of the half. Lewis was in trouble with the shot clock down but found backup point guard Donte Smith for a deep 3-pointer. Smith, who hadn't scored since the Trojans played St. Mary's in the Diamond Head Classic, was more than a bit excited after hitting the shot.

He did a nice job of evading Randle on the play, faking one way and turning the other while receiving the pass from Lewis.

USC's going to need Marcus Johnson and Alex Stepheson to be viable second and third options in the second half, because Cal is starting to double team Lewis. If Mike Gerrity or Nikola Vucevic can find their shots, the Trojans could be in good shape.

Something to watch out for from Cal in the final twenty minutes: forward Theo Robertson is scooping up rebounds and adding second-chance points. He can change possessions quickly.
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