Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - Maurice Jones scored 15 points and recorded four steals to lead the USC Trojans to a 65-64 victory over 19th-ranked Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena. Alex Stepheson had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Trojans (7-5), who have won three of their last four games. Bryce Jones added 11 points for the Trojans, making three of four three-point attempts.
USC nearly ended the nation's longest homecourt winning streak in Lawrence. However, the Trojans were unable to preserve a lead down the stretch, falling to top-five foe Kansas, 70-68, on Saturday. They were able to hold on this time and hand the Volunteers (7-3) their third straight loss.
Tobias Harris led Tennessee with 14 points, but missed a last-second three- pointer that could have ended the skid that comes on the heels of a victory over then-No. 3 Pittsburgh. The USC win was the first road win this season for the Pac-10 conference against an AP top 25 team. The Trojans host Lehigh on Thursday night, then open conference play next week against the Washington schools at Galen Center in Los Angeles.
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