Southern Cal 78, California 75

Maurice Jones scored 22 points, all in the second half after

being coming off the bench for the first time this season, and

Southern California beat California 78-75 on Thursday night.

Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Stepheson

scored 10 to help USC (14-12, 6-7 Pac-10) win for just the third

time in its last seven games.

Jones, who had started all 25 games until coach Kevin O’Neill

sat him against Cal in favor of Donte Smith to inject more offense

into the lineup, went 7 of 13 from the floor and had a season-high

five 3-pointers.

Markhuri Sanders-Frison scored 23 points for California (13-13,

6-8), which lost its fourth straight.