The Golden Bears never led in a game in which they were embarrassed in the rebounding department 53-27. As they have all season, Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher led Cal in scoring, 18 and 15 points, respectively. Jorge Gutierrez had what for him would be considered an offensive explosion , adding 14 points and five assists before fouling out with 30 seconds remaining in the game.
USC's Taj Gibson was a monster all evening scoring 21 points and posting 16 boards. Guard Daniel Hackett, who has had trouble late in games from the charity stripe, made four free throws in the final four seconds to ice the game for the Trojans.
Cal finished third in the Pac-10 this season and seems to be a lock for the NCAA tournament, but with such a quick ousting in the conference tournament, I don't think anyone is counting his or her chickens yet.
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