LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) – Maurice Jones scored 16 points, Alex Stepheson added 14 points and 16 rebounds in a strong low-post game, and Southern California advanced to the Pac-10 tournament semifinals Thursday with a 70-56 victory over California.

Donte Smith scored 14 points and Jio Fontan added 12 for the fourth-seeded Trojans (19-13), who overcame a terrible start before surging to an 18-point lead in the second half. Smith hit four of USC’s eight 3-pointers in the Trojans’ sixth win in seven games.

Pac-10 freshman of the year Allen Crabbe scored 21 points for the fifth-seeded Golden Bears (17-14), whose NCAA tournament hopes almost certainly ended along with their four-game winning streak.

USC will face the winner of top-seeded Arizona’s meeting with Oregon State.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)


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