Southern Cal 51, Sacramento St. 36

Southern Cal 51, Sacramento St. 36

Published Dec. 14, 2009 9:42 p.m. ET

Dwight Lewis scored 16 points and Southern California raced to commanding leads in both halves of a 51-36 victory over Sacramento State on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing skid.

Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and Alex Stepheson had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Trojans (3-4), who were coming off consecutive blowout losses at No. 2 Texas and Georgia Tech.

Sultan Toles-Bey scored eight points for the Hornets (4-6), who shot a season-worst 23 percent in losing their second straight and fourth in last five.

The Hornets shot 6 of 32 in the first half as USC raced to an 18-6 lead but outscored the Trojans 10-2 to get within four before USC made the final two baskets to lead 24-16 at the break.


USC committed a season-worst 25 turnovers but controlled the boards 49-29 for the fifth consecutive game and had 12 blocked shots.