Gibson has 25 points in USC’s win over Pepperdine
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Taj Gibson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Southern California held off Pepperdine’s second-half rally to win 91-77 Monday night.
Dwight Lewis added 17 points, Daniel Hackett 16, Leonard Washington 14 and DeMar DeRozan 10 for the Trojans (6-3), who improved to 5-0 at Galen Center.
Keion Bell scored 18 points for the Waves (1-9), who lost their ninth in a row and haven’t won since their season opener against Cal State Monterey Bay.
Pepperdine got within six points with 3 1/2 minutes remaining before the Trojans closed the game on a 14-6 run. Washington scored seven points and Hackett added four in the decisive spurt.