No. 25 USC falls to Cal by one, 74-73

    Jan. 09, 2017

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) Down 72-71, Jordan McLaughlin scored to give the Trojans a 73-72 lead with 17 seconds left, but it would not be enough as No. 25 USC fell to Cal by one, 74-73, on Sunday night.

    Ivan Rabb scored 17 points, including the go-ahead free throws with five seconds left, and had a key block at the buzzer to lift California.

    With his team up one, Rabb blocked McLaughlin's driving layup at the buzzer to lift the Bears to their first road victory over a ranked opponent in three years.

    Charlie Moore added 16 points and Jibari Bird and Don Coleman each had 12 for Cal (11-5, 2-2 Pac-12)

    McLaughlin and Chimezi Metu each scored 20 points to lead Southern California (15-2, 2-2), which lost at home for the first time this season.

    After McLauglin's score with 17 second left and a Cal timeout, Bird fed Rabb at the right low block, where he spun into the lane only to be fouled on his shot attempt by Metu.

    The entire game was tight, including the final few minutes. Neither team could gain more than a three-point advantage during most of the second half.

    Cal's last win over a ranked opponent was an 83-63 home victory over No. 11 Oregon on Feb. 11.

    BIG PICTURE:

    California: The Bears faced their fourth ranked opponent in their last five games (No. 12 Virginia, No. 18 Arizona, No. 4 UCLA, and No. 25 USC), having lost the first three games. The victory was Cal's first road win over a Top 25 opponent since Nov. 20, 2014 (73-59 vs. No. 23 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden).

    Southern California: The loss was the Trojans' first loss in 10 games at the Galen Center this season. At halftime, two dozen members of the USC football accompanied the Rose Bowl trophy won on Jan. 2 with a 52-49 victory over Penn State.

    UP NEXT:

    California: Home vs. Washington on Thursday night.

    Southern California: At Utah on Thursday night.