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
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.