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USC finding its shots against Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. -- USC isn't playing like it has nothing to play for.

The Trojans, losers of four in a row and ineligible to play in the Pac-10 tournament because of self-imposed program sanctions, lead Arizona 38-33 at the half at the McKale Center.

Considering USC ranks last in the Pac-10 in scoring with just 58.8 points per game, a 38-point half is fairly impressive. The Trojans, a poor shooting team, are hitting 50 percent of their shots in large part because 11 buckets came via layups or dunks.

Arizona should feel fortunate to be as close at it is. USC jumped ahead by 11 with 5:06 before the break, but a 10-0 run from the Wildcats cut the margin to 32-31.

Arizona is hitting its shots -- it's a stout 13 of 22 from the floor at the break (59.1 percent) -- but USC is dominating the boards with a 17-13 advantage, including seven to two on the offensive end.

Jamelle Horne has the hot hand for Arizona. He's 4 of 5 from the field and 2 for 2 from 3-point range. He also leads the Wildcats with five rebounds.

Marcus Johnson has 10 points for USC and Dwight Lewis has nine.