USC Rolls Past Cold-Shooting Huskies

LOS ANGELES - Washington couldn't overcome a frigid shooting performance in its Pac-10 showdown with USC Saturday afternoon, falling to the Trojans 66-51 at the Galen Center.

The Huskies (9-7, 0-3 Pac-10) shot just 36 percent from the field, and were 4-18 from 3-point land. Even free throws didn't come easy--UW shot 58 percent from the charity stripe.

Jon Brockman led Washington with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Quincy Pondexter was the only other Husky to finish in double-figures with 11 points, but was 4-17 from the field. He added 11 rebounds.

USC, which improved to 10-6 and picked up its first conference win (1-3 in Pac-10), was paced by Dwight Lewis and O.J. Mayo, who scored 17 and 15 respectively. Taj Gibson added 14 points and Davon Jefferson netted 10.

Trailing 29-23 at halftime, the Huskies quickly fell further behind as the Trojans came out of the locker room on fire. Mayo got things started with a 3-pointer and Lewis connected on back-to-back runners in the lane to make it a 36-25 game.

But just when it appeared USC was going to turn it into a route, the Huskies started to click on both ends of the floor. Brockman, Pondexter, Tim Morris, and Matthew Bryan-Amaning teamed to lead Washington back, and a 3-pointer by junior Joel Smith capped a 16-4 run and gave the Huskies their first lead of the game at 41-40.

It didn't last long, however.

USC head coach Tim Floyd called a timeout to help his team regain its composure, and the Trojans responded beautifully. A layin by USC point guard Angelo Johnson gave the Trojans the lead back at 44-43, and started a 15-0 USC run that put the Huskies away.

By the time the smoke cleared, Washington trailed 55-43 with under 5:00 left in regulation. Needing another burst to get back in the game, Washington couldn't find its range from the field, a reoccuring theme all game long.

Ryan Appleby, the team's best 3-point shooter, was held scoreless for the second-straight game, missing all five shot attempts. Justin Dentmon finished with just 4 points, and Venoy Overton, who started ahead of Dentmon, netted only 3.

In the first half, USC stormed out to a 16-5 lead by taking advantage of Washington's cold shooting and inablity to take care of the basketball. An 11-2 run by Washington drew the visitors to within 18-16, but the Trojans widened their lead to six by the end of the half. The Huskies shot 30 percent from the field and commited 12 turnovers in their 23-point first half.
STATISTICS:
Points: Brockman 16, Pondexter 11, Smith 6, Morris 6, Bryan-Amaning 5, Dentmon 4, Overton 3
Rebounds: Pondexter 11, Brockman 10, Bryan-Amaning 6, Morris 3, Appleby 2, Smith 2, Overton 1, Dentmon 1
Minutes: Brockman 34, Pondexter 29, Appleby 28, Morris 23, Smith 21, Dentmon 20, Overton 19, Bryan-Amaning 17, Wallace 4, Holiday 3, Wolfinger 2
Assists: Pondexter 3, Appleby 2, Overton 1, Morris 1, Smith 1, Dentmon 1
Steals: Dentmon 2, Overton 1, Appleby 1, Smith 1
Blocks: Smith 2, Bryan-Amaning 1, Pondexter 1


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