LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daman Starring hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points to help UC Irvine defeat Southern California 61-54 on Thursday night.

Adam Folker added 12 points, and Michael Wilder had nine points and seven rebounds for the Anteaters (6-7), who had lost by one point in overtime to Pac-12 opponent UCLA on Nov. 13.

Omar Oraby scored 12 points, and former Irvine player Eric Wise had 10 for USC (4-7), which has lost seven of its last nine games and fell to 3-3 at home.

Irvine led nearly the entire game, going up by 14 points early in the second half on a basket by Alex Young. Starring then scored 11 in a row, hitting three 3-pointers, to extend their lead to 52-41. He finished just two points off his career high of 25 points and one off his career high of six 3-pointers.

USC closed within five points on a 3-pointer by J.T. Terrell with 4:03 remaining. About 2 minutes earlier, Terrell hit a 3 that left the Trojans trailing 54-47 before Young answered with a 3-pointer — Irvine's ninth of the game.

The Trojans again got to 59-54 on a layup by Byron Wesley. But Folker converted a layup at the other end for a 61-54 lead before Young missed two free throws. USC couldn't take advantage, though, with Jio Fontan turning the ball over with 56 seconds to go.

The Anteaters finally broke through against a bigger school. Besides the close loss at UCLA, they were beaten by 28 points at then-No. 21 UNLV and were coming off a six-point loss at home against LSU.

The Anteaters hit three 3-pointers in racing to a 15-9 lead to open the game. USC outscored them 8-2, including six points by Aaron Fuller, to tie the game at 17. From there, Irvine used a 20-8 run to end the half leading 37-25. Starring hit a 3-pointer and made two other baskets in the spurt.

Irvine improved to 2-6 in the all-time series, with its only previous win coming on Nov. 13, 2010.