USC Stops No. 20 UNLV
Dec. 26, 2009
HONOLULU (AP) -Marcus Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds to help USC beat UNLV 67-56 on Christmas night in the Diamond Head Classic final.
Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior forward, was 8-of-14 from the field. Dwight Lewis added 14 points for the Trojans (8-4), and tournament MVP Mike Gerrity had 13.
Oscar Bellfield led UNLV (12-2) with 17 points. The Rebels shot 34 percent (17-of-50) from the field, going 5-of-22 from 3-point range.
USC had a 12-0 run late in the half, capped by Lewis' layup, and the Trojans had a 39-25 lead at the break. The Trojans led by 19 late in the second half.