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Thursday, February 4, 2010
USC up 50-44

By Pedro Moura

Talk about a change of momentum.

Down 30-17 in the first half, USC went on an amazing 25-0 run to turn the tables and take a 42-30 lead early in the second half.

Since then, Cal's Jerome Randle has managed to keep his team in the game, scoring 20 points. USC leads 50-44 with 7:03 to go.

Highlights of the mega-run included a Dwight Lewis corner three-pointer to start off the second half, and an eight-point sequence to cap it that went this way: Randle, a 93 percent free-throw shooter, missed both of his attempts at the line. USC's Mike Gerrity nailed a three on the Trojans' next possession, then delivered a pass to Marcus Johnson for a three-point play. Johnson then hit a smooth jumper the next time down the floor.

Lewis leads the Trojans with 13 points. USC forward Alex Stepheson, who started the half on the bench, has eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks.