Roy and Jones hold things together

Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones came up big with double-doubles - Roy with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Jones adding a career-tying 22 points and 11 boards, leading Washington to a sloppy and scrappy 86-77 win over USC Thursday night in Los Angeles. The Huskies overcame a season high 28 turnovers to secure their first win of the year on the road - the only Pac-10 team to win on the road Thursday.

Jones also had two key blocks on USC breakaways - one in each half - that seemed to catalyze the Huskies. "We knew coming into this game our backs were against the wall," Jones said after the game. "We came out focused, locked in. We weren't going to back down."

Washington (13-2, 2-2) certainly came out focused and ready to play, taking a 25-6 lead with 11:21 left in the first half before USC (11-5, 2-3) scrapped back to only be down 13 at half, 45-32.

Gabe Pruitt, who missed all six of his shots in the first half, went nuts in the second stanza, going for 21 points. His run fueled a strong Trojan comeback, to the point where USC was only down three at 73-70 after two Dwayne Shackelford free throws.

But Pruitt missed his last four of five, as Washington was able to hold the Trojans to without a field goal for five minutes and 38 seconds of the final 6:23 of the game. Sead Odzic hit a three-point shot with 45 seconds left, but by then USC was only able to cut the lead down to 83-75. During that key stretch, Jones and Mike Jensen added key threes and Jones capped off his scoring with a dunk.

The Huskies, leading the country in scoring, shot over 50 percent for the game, and 77 percent from the line, keeping the game out of reach late when USC had to foul. USC actually shot better from three-point range (40 percent) than from the field (39 percent).

Lodrick Stewart, who prepped at Rainier Beach, added 17 for the Trojans. Nick Young scored 13 and point guard Ryan Francis had 11 before fouling out late. For the Huskies, Jamaal Williams scored 14 points and Jon Brockman added nine points and six rebounds in his first away action as a Husky. Justin Dentmon tallied six points, seven points and four assists as the Huskies completely dominated the Trojans on the boards, 47-19.

The Huskies head to Pauley Pavilion Saturday to play #11 UCLA. The seniors have never defeated the Bruins on the road.
Points: Roy 23, Jones 22, Williams 14, Brockman 9, Jensen 7, Dentmon 6, Smith 5
Rebounds: Roy 14, Jones 11, Dentmon 7, Brockman 6, Jensen 4, Williams 2, Smith 2, Burmeister 1
Assists: Dentmon 4, Roy 3, Williams 3, Jensen 2, Appleby 2, Jones 1
Steals: Roy 2, Williams 1, Dentmon 1, Smith 1 Top Stories