Trojans race past Cal 66-51 in Pac-12 opener

Nov 30, 2022, 7:14 AM | Updated: 9:31 pm
Southern California forward Harrison Hornery (30) and California forward ND Okafor (22) compete for...

Southern California forward Harrison Hornery (30) and California forward ND Okafor (22) compete for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

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              California guard Devin Askew reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              California guard Devin Askew (55) shoots the ball while defended by Southern California forward Joshua Morgan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              California center Lars Thiemann (21) dunks the ball against Southern California during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              California forward ND Okafor, right, knocks the ball away from Southern California forward Joshua Morgan, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              California forward Kuany Kuany, right, shoots the ball over Southern California guard Drew Peterson, middle, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              California guard Joel Brown (1) drives to the basket while defended by Southern California guard Boogie Ellis (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              California forward Kuany Kuany (13) and Southern California guard Tre White (22) compete for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Southern California guard Tre White (22) blocks a shot by California forward Grant Newell (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
            
              Southern California forward Harrison Hornery (30) and California forward ND Okafor (22) compete for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Reese Dixon-Waters scored 10 of his career-high 17 points in a 20-0 run in the second half that lifted Southern California to a 66-51 win over California in the Pac-12 Conference opener Wednesday night.

The Trojans (5-3) were clinging to a 46-43 lead midway through the second half when Dixon-Waters made a pair of free throws to start the barrage. He added a three-point play and a 3-pointer 28 seconds apart as the run reached 10 and the lead was 56-43 at the 7:21 mark.

Joshua Morgan capped the run with a jumper before Devin Askew scored for the Golden Bears to end a drought of 10 minutes. The Bears missed 11-straight shots in what was just a horrible shooting night for the home team.

Morgan and Drew Peterson both added 14 points for the Trojans. Morgan also contributed to Cal’s shooting problems with six blocks.

Askew had 23 points for the Golden Bears (0-8), who did not get a point from their bench.

In a pretty dismal first half, USC took a 27-22 lead. The Trojans had nine turnovers to just one for the Golden Bears, but the Golden Bears shot just 18%.

USC had a 10-0 run that made the score 14-2 at the midpoint of the first half. Cal missed its first eight shots and was 1 for 18. After making three quick buckets, the Golden Bears missed another eight straight. But the Trojans also missed eight straight and finished the half by making just one of 11 shots.

Cal was back in the game because of free throws, going 7 of 8 in the last 3 1/2 minutes. The Golden Bears stayed in the game behind Askew until the back-breaking dry spell.

Cal shot 39% for the game but didn’t get back to the line and finished 18 of 65 (28%).

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