Cunningham leads Oregon State over USC 78-59Southern California guard Byron Wesley, right, goes to the basket against Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Jared Cunningham had 18 points and five assists to lead Oregon State to a 78-59 win against USC on Saturday night.
Devon Collier added 12 points and Joe Burton 11 for the Beavers (13-7, 3-5), who got a pregame talk from Oregon State alumnus Gary Payton, an NBA standout from 1990-2007.
Byron Wesley had 15 points and seven rebounds and Maurice Jones 13 points for the Trojans (5-15, 0-7), who gave up a season high in points.
Cunningham's three-point play with 16:20 remaining gave Oregon State a 47-26 lead. Jones scored four points in a 7-0 run USC that cut the Beavers' lead to 14.
Oregon State answered with four straight points, including a thunderous dunk by Cunningham off a steal. The Trojans got no closer than 13 afterward.
USC had not allowed more than 66 points this season. Oregon State got its 67th point on Angus Brandt's free throw with 4:02 left.