USC 67

(17-13, 8-10 Pac-12)

California 82

(19-9, 12-6 Pac-12)

    9:20 PM ET, March 9, 2006

    Staples Center, Los Angeles, California

    1 2 T
    USC 33 3467
    CAL 31 5182

    Top Performers

    USC: N. Young 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast

    California: L. Powe 22 Pts, 20 Reb

    Powe's 20 rebounds powers Cal into Pac-10 semis

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Leon Powe had 22 points and a career-high 20 rebounds to help California defeat Southern California 82-67 in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals Thursday night.

    The third-seeded Golden Bears (19-9) will meet seventh-seeded Oregon (15-17) in their first semifinal appearance since 2003 on Friday at Staples Center. The Ducks upset No. 12 Washington 84-73.

    For the first time since 1990, the sixth-seeded Trojans (17-13) lost all three of their meetings with Cal, including a 71-60 defeat in the regular-season finale last Saturday.

    Gabe Pruitt scored 22 points to lead the Trojans, who lost seven of their last nine games. Nick Young added 20 points before fouling out with 3:31 remaining.

    Young was scoreless for much of the second half until running off seven in a row to get the Trojans to 67-61 -- the closest they came.

    The Bears responded with a 9-0 run of their own to go up 76-61.

    Cal has won nine of its last 12 games behind Powe, who leads the conference in scoring and rebounding. He recorded his 14th double-double of the season.

    Powe single-handedly outrebounded the shorter Trojans as Cal dominated the boards, 40-15. He set a tournament record, bettering the 18 by Arizona State's Ike Diogu against Oregon in 2003. Powe's rebounds -- including 15 on the defensive boards -- were the most by a Cal player since 1982.

    Ayinde Ubaka added 16 points and six assists for Cal. Omar Wilkes, the son of former UCLA star Jamaal Wilkes, had 14 points.

    USC went without a field goal during an 8½-minute stretch in the second half, when Cal began pulling away after a back-and-forth game in which the Bears led by two at halftime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 82
    FG Made-Attempted 21-48 (.438) 25-49 (.510)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-22 (.318) 8-17 (.471)
    FT Made-Attempted 18-25 (.720) 24-32 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 15

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