The USC Trojans got a career-high 23 points from Nikola Jovanovic and stunned the Cal Golden Bears Wednesday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, handing the Bears their first Pac-12 Conference loss of the season while earning their first conference victory 77-69.
Cal (14-5, 5-1 Pac-12) had a six-game winning streak snapped while the Trojans (10-9, 1-5) ended a five-game skid.
USC never trailed and Cal was never able to get their potent inside duo of Richard Solomon and David Kravish going. The two combined for just 19 points, well below their combined average of 33.8 per game, and the Golden Bears shot less than 40 percent for the game.
Cal trailed by as much as 15 points and was never able to get closer than seven over the final 10 minutes of the game.
Byron Wesley added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Trojans, while Pe’Shon Howard and Julian Jacobs each scored 12 points. Howard also dished out 10 assists. Omar Oraby also had seven boards.
Justin Cobbs had 22 points and six assists for the Golden Bears, while Jordan Mathews added 18 points and Kravish scored 10. Solomon had 13 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Cal was 24-for-61 (39.3 percent) overall, 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) from 3-point range and 16-for-25 (64 percent) from the foul line. USC was 28-for-54 (51.9 percent), 5-for-14 (35.7 percent) and 16-for-22 (72.7 percent).
The Trojans had the edge on the glass 37-33, but turned the ball over 11 times to just six giveaways for the Golden Bears.
Cal completes its Southland weekend on Sunday when they visit UCLA for a 5 p.m. Pacific tipoff.