LOS ANGELES -- Cal used a new formula to move back into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 Conference on Thursday night at USC.
Senior Harper Kamp turned shooter, freshman David Kravish channeled Leon Powe for a night, and the Bears pulled away from the league's last-place team for a 75-49 victory at the Galen Center.
Coupled with Washington's 82-57 loss at Oregon, the Bears (19-6, 9-3) are now tied with the Huskies for the league's top spot.
Kamp, who sat most of the first half with two fouls, made his first seven shots after halftime as the Bears broke open a six-point game.
"Allen (Crabbe) a few times looked at me and said, 'OK, I'm just going to throw it to you and have you shoot the ball.' Usually, it's the other way around," said Kamp, who finished with 18 points. "It felt good."
Crabbe scored 19 to lead the Bears.
Kravish, a skinny 6-foot-9 rookie from Lee's Summit, Mo., had 18 rebounds -- the most by a Cal player since Powe had 20 against the Trojans six seasons ago.
"I don't know if I've ever had 18 rebounds," said Kamp, now one point shy of 1,000 for his career. "If he just reacts to the ball, he's long enough to go get that ball. He's got really good instincts."
Cal tries to complete a season sweep of the Los Angeles teams when it faces UCLA on Saturday afternoon at the L.A. Sports Arena.
With six regular-season games left, the top of the conference standings are as congested as the L.A.
"The rest of our season is in our hands," Kamp said. "We've got a chance to be up at the top. We've got to take advantage of that and play every game with energy."
Sophomore guard Maurice Jones scored 17 points for the injury-ravaged Trojans (6-19, 1-11), who have just one victory since Dec. 19 and failed to score more than 50 points for the eighth time in 13 games.
Still, Cal led just 35-29 after a first half that featured seven lead changes and four ties.
Coach Mike Montgomery wasn't surprised by the sluggish start. "The obvious thing is you look at records and you start making assumptions," he said. "(Cal) played harder (in the second half). I just didn't think we played hard enough in the first half.
"Obviously, helped to have Harper back on the floor."
Kamp hit three straight jump shots, each from a bit farther out, and the Bears quickly stretched the lead to 44-34.
Cal got a break when the 5-7 Jones, USC's leading scorer, had to come out of the game with 17:09 left because a cut on his wrist.
The Bears responded with a 15-4 run over a span of less than 4 minutes, with Kamp making four baskets and Crabbe nailing two 3-pointers.
"I just remember Justin (Cobbs) throwing like a circus pass and Harper catching it behind his head and putting it in," Kravish said.
By the time Jones returned, with 13:22 left, the Bears led 53-36.