Huskies take care of business

USC's cheerleaders wore white sweaters with oranges on the front, signifying the Trojans' Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday for football's national championship. It was clear the school is still a little hung over from their pigskin triumph, as the Trojan basketball team dumped their third straight conference game 84-59 to Washington at the LA Sports Arena Thursday.

Tre Simmons scored 22 points and Mike Jensen added 14 for Washington (13-1, 3-0). The Huskies (13-1, 3-0 Pac-10) are off to their best start in 29 years, bested only by the 1982 team.

The Trojans (7-7, 0-3) are winless in league under interim coach Jim Saia, getting swept on the road at Oregon and Oregon State last week. It's the Trojans worst conference start since going 0-4 in 1991. They still made the NCAA tournament that year.

Freshman Nick Young scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Trojans. Lodrick Stewart was the only other Trojan in double-digits, going for 10 on 4-8 shooting.

The Huskies put their stamp on another quick start, racing to a 10-0 opening. They also held USC scoreless for the first five and a half minutes of the game. By then, the tempo had been set. The Huskies scored 20 points off USC's 17 first-half turnovers and they were 14-0 in second-chance baskets.

At the half, USC was down 36-19 and was down by as many as 18 points three times.

The Huskies never let up in the second half, putting a 10-3 run together from the opening whistle to take a 46-22 lead. USC answered with a 14-3 spurt, including five points by Young, but it barely put a dent in the Dawgs, who were never down by less than 15 at any point during the final twenty minutes of play.

The Huskies have won four of their last five against USC after losing seven in a row.

The Trojans fell to 1-6 when they score under 70 points. They are 5-5 since Saia took over a month ago after Henry Bibby was fired.

Points: Simmons 22, Jensen 14, Roy 10, Jones 8, Robinson 8, 
Conroy 7, Rollins 7, Williams 6, Smith 2
Rebounds: Simmons 7, Rollins 6, Jensen 5, Williams 5, Jones 4, Conroy 4, Roy 3, Smith 2, Robinson 1, Burmeister 1, Gasser 1, Johnson 1
Assists: Robinson 7, Conroy 4, Jensen 3, Jones 2, Rollins 2, Simmons 1, Smith 1, Roy 1, Williams 1
Steals: Jones 2, Simmons 2, Robinson 2, Jensen 1, Roy 1, Rollins 1, Williams 1
Blocks: Jensen 1, Simmons 1 Top Stories