"USC was really very good offensively. They don't do a lot. They were shooting right over the top of our defense. I don't know what it was but they got in a rhythm," said California head coach Mike Montgomery.
"Without question, the key to me was Nikola (Knezevic). He came in and took the challenge guarding (Dwight) Lewis. I don't think Lewis scored again. All of a sudden, they start taking bad shots. They made a couple of shots, but there wasn't much going on. Once we got some defensive intensity, we got some things going.
"It was good to see us compete. I think USC is one of the better defensive teams, man-to-man. They're athletic, pretty physical and they are long. By and large, we started to minimize that, and we started to get out on the break. If we're good in the break, then we don't have to work."
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