Southern Cal 70, California 56

Maurice Jones scored 16 points, Alex Stepheson added 14 points

and 16 rebounds in a strong low-post game, and Southern California

advanced to the Pac-10 tournament semifinals Thursday with a 70-56

victory over California.

Donte Smith scored 14 points and Jio Fontan added 12 for the

fourth-seeded Trojans (19-13), who overcame a terrible start before

surging to an 18-point lead in the second half. Smith hit four of

USC’s eight 3-pointers in the Trojans’ sixth win in seven


Pac-10 freshman of the year Allen Crabbe scored 21 points for

the fifth-seeded Golden Bears (17-14), whose NCAA tournament hopes

almost certainly ended along with their four-game winning


USC will face the winner of top-seeded Arizona’s meeting with

Oregon State.