USC Vs. Stanford Basketball: Trojans Lose Third Straight Game

USC finished December with a 1-6 record for the month.

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USC Vs. Stanford Basketball Final Score: Trojans Fall 51-43, Drop Third Straight

Like Thursday, the USC Trojans kept the game close but in the end didn't have enough, falling on Saturday 51-43 to the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by the Trojans over the Cardinal, and dropped USC to 0-2 in Pac-12 Conference play.

The Trojans, like Thursday night at Cal, managed to cut the Stanford lead to three points with 5:05 remaining in the game, but USC never got closer. The Trojans shot just 34.8% from the field, and shot themselves in the foot by missing eight of their 17 free-throw attempts.

Alexis Moore led the Trojans in scoring with 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Dewayne Dedmon added 10 points for USC. Maurice Jones scored four points, making just one of 12 shots from the field and only two of six from the charity stripe.

USC (5-10, 0-2) ended the month of December with a dreadful 1-6 record, including three straight defeats to end the month. The Trojans averaged just 51.7 points per game and shot just 36.8% from the field for the month. They were held under 50 points in five of their seven games in December.

Aaron Bright led Stanford (12-2, 2-0) with 16 points. Josh Owens added 12 points for the Cardinal.

The Trojans return home to host the Arizona schools next weekend, beginning with a Thursday night matchup with the Arizona State Sun Devils at Galen Center.

For more USC hoops news and analysis, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Stanford Basketball: Game Preview, Game Time, TV Info And More

The USC Trojans look to end their miserable December on a high note on Saturday afternoon as they face the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto. USC has lost two straight games and is just 1-5 in December with four of their six games scoring under 50 points, including Thursday's 53-49 loss at Cal.

USC was down 16 points in the second half against Cal but pulled to within a point in the final minute before succumbing to defeat. Maurice Jones hit a trio of three-pointers in the second-half run and led the Trojans with 17 points.

Since the start of the 1993 season, USC is just 7-30 on the road against Cal and Stanford. The Cardinal are the only team that received any votes in either poll, at No. 30 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No. 32 in the Associated Press poll. Stanford has scored 66 points or more in 10 of their 13 games this season, while USC has held every single opponent to 66 points or less this season, the first time the Trojans have done so since 1948.

Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game will be televised by Fox Sports West, with Paul Sunderland and Brandon Granville on the call.

For more USC hoops news and analysis, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. California Basketball: Trojans Comeback Falls Short In 53-49 Loss

For the USC Trojans, the start to their Pac-12 Conference season looked an awful lot like their non-conference schedule. The point-a-minute offense from USC wasn't enough Thursday night as they lost 53-49 to the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion in the first Pac-12 game of the season for both teams.

The Trojans trailed by 16 points with 13:36 remaining, scoring just 24 points in the game's first 27 minutes. But Maurice Jones led a furious comeback and pulled USC to within a point with 37 seconds remaining. Jorge Gutierrez missed a shot in Cal's next possession, but Allen Crabbe grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled, making all three free throws to provide the final margin of victory.

Jones led the Trojans with 17 points, including three second-half three-pointers, and four steals.

USC (5-9, 0-1) shot just 33.9% from the field on Thursday, but they were on fire considering they made just 10 of their first 37 shots (27.0%). It was the seventh time in 14 games they have been held under 40% shooting. The Trojans did outrebound Cal on the night 38-26.

Harper Kamp and Crabbe each scored 12 points for Cal (11-2, 1-0), who improved to 10-0 at home this season. Gutierrez had 13 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists for the Bears. Cal shot 46.7% from the field for the game.

USC will battle the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.

For more USC hoops news and analysis, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Cal Basketball: Pac-12 Conference Opener Game Preview

The USC Trojans open their Pac-12 Conference schedule on the road Thursday night against the Cal Bears at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. USC opens their conference season with road games against the two teams playing as well as any teams in the Pac-12 in Cal and Stanford.

USC (5-8) is just 1-4 in the month of December, and has had a tough time offensively. The Trojans are averaging just 55.8 points per game on the season and have shot under 40% in six of their 13 games, including four of their last five.

Maurice Jones leads the Trojans in points (14.9 per game), assists (3.85 per game), and steals (1.54) this season, and has been an iron man of sorts. Jones has played in 508 of a possible 530 minutes this year, and leads the nation averaging 39.1 minutes per game.

Cal was picked to finish No. 2 in the conference on Pac-12 media day, and has played well so far this season, winning 10 of their first 13 games. Cal is 9-0 at home this season. Sophomore guard Allen Crabbe is fourth in the Pac-12 averaging 15.8 points per game, one of three Cal guards to average in double figures, joining Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs.

USC and Cal split two regular season meetings last year, with the road team winning each game. The Trojans did beat the Bears in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament.

Thursday's 6 p.m. PST game won't be televised locally, but will be on CSN California, with Barry Tompkins and Dan Belluomini on the call. For more USC hoops news and analysis, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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