USC basketball: Golden Bears lead Trojans, 30-27, at halftime
Randle, who came into the game averaging 18.9 points, made four of 10 shots, including a deep three-point field goal to put his team up, 30-17, with 6:48 in the first half.
But USC responded with a 9-0 run to close the half.
Dwight Lewis, who passed Brandon Glanville tonight as USC's all-time leader in games played at 125, leads the Trojans at halftime with nine points.
California is shooting 12 of 28 from the field (43%); USC is shooting 10 of 26 from the field (39%).
The crowd, which is fueled by a rowdy Trojan student section, was warned not to throw objects on the floor with 2:14 left after California's Jamal Boykin was called for an intentional foul on USC's Marcus Johnson. Johnson had stolen the ball and was fouled in the open floor before he got to the basket.
Oh, and Stan Holt, college basketball's most infamous student manager, is back in action, hustling more than usual, I might add.
-- Baxter Holmes
Photo: USC's Marcus Johnson knocks the ball out of the hands of California's Max Zhang during play in the first half Thursday night. Credit: Christine Cotter / Associated Press